A Finn born in France, Anna Vartiainen has lived in the UK almost all her life. Heavily influenced by spending her childhood summers in the Finnish forest, her inspiration remains rooted in nature. She loves the magic of spooky trees and shadowy shapes, as well as the simple joy found in wildflowers.
Anna creates designs for printmaking from drawings and paintings, enjoying the transformation of loose brush marks into flat screen printing layers. She also loves the immediacy and hands-on nature of linocut carving.
Largely self-taught as an artist, Anna studied the History of Art, Architecture and design at Kingston University. She owns a shop called FOUND shop & studio, specialising in print and illustration, exhibiting her work regularly in local exhibitions and at national print fairs.