Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Anna Pap’s early childhood memories are filled with delighting her parents and family with her drawings and watercolors. She loved to paint and draw the life she saw around her; landscapes, portraits, cityscapes all were a source of inspiration for her. Although she longed to pursue a career as an artist, more practical voices prevailed, but just as she was to begin design school, her life took an abrupt turn and she left Hungary to live in the United States.
During these first years in America, Anna supported herself in the business world, but her hands were always busy. She learned to be a silversmith, rug-maker, quilt designer, decorative furniture painter and just about anything else that involved using her hands and her natural eye for color and form. Pursuing these passions, Anna enrolled in an architectural drawing and rendering class as well as attending more formal art classes where she learned about the technical aspects of painting and drawing.
Driven by the story behind the subject, Anna finds that not only does color and form play an important role in the choice of subject, but also its mood—what does it say to her? Although she began painting on a small scale, her early patrons pushed her to explore larger paintings where she found considerable success, loving the energy and depth of field she could achieve in this more expansive format.
Working quickly in her hilltop home’s open kitchen, Anna oftentimes mixes the paint right on the canvas to achieve an immediate effect and color tone that propels the viewer’s eye through her subject matter in a singular fashion unique to her work. Her dramatic use of high color contrast and reflecting imagery is a montage of European travel memories, photographs and imagination that captures an essence of freshness and delight offering universal appeal. With a significant collector base in Southern California, Anna is an emerging talent with great potential.