Anna Afshar

MEDIUM: Watercolor Paintings


As long as I can remember, I always liked art.  My mother fostered appreciation for all forms of it.  I grew up in Lithuania and Russia, and my childhood was filled with trips to galleries, symphony halls and theaters. 

I chose Chemistry as my first profession: only years later I realized that my love for chemical formulas was the love of an Artist – I was intrigued by the shape of molecules and how they fit together in perfect designs!

One day, almost 20 years ago, my son left his paints on the table and ran off to play.  I picked up his brush, not knowing that it would take me on an incredible journey I never dreamed of!

I've studied with well-known and recognized artists and teachers from around the world. Among them Alvaro Castagnet, David Taylor, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, James Toogood, Jean Grastorf, David Slonim, Kim English. My favorite masters areJohn Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many Russians!

Last 2 years, on and off, I spent in Stuttgart, Germany and have been studying under mentorship of Thomas Hager, who pushes me to see beyond obvious.

I admire paintings that are spontaneous and bold, and infuse the viewer with a feeling of what they see. I paint in all three mediums: I enjoy both ethereal feeling of watercolor, as well as substantiality of oils; and flexibility of acrylic medium. Watercolor is still my first love!

I am a Signature Member of Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Artist Club. I have entered numerous state exhibits, and won awards, including "Best of Show" at the Watercolor Society of Indiana 2015 Annual Juried Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My paintings and commission works found their home in many private collections around the world.

In the past 5 years I have built strong group of students and following in US and abroad. I love teaching watercolors and acrylics, sharing my passion for art and spontaneity of water medium.

I divide my time between US and Germany, teaching, exhibiting and always studying.

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