Anna Carlson was born and raised in Poland. At a very young age, her gift and passion for art was evident. Her elementary school teacher would often take her to galleries and encourage her to pursue a career in art. But the communist climate of Poland did not allow for someone to survive “merely” as an artist, so she decided instead to study business and economics. But the dream in her could not be squelched. In fact, it grew.

Shortly after graduating, her desire for experiencing a different culture and way of life drew her to move to Germany, where she later met her husband, and then eventually to the United States where she now currently resides. It was in the freedom of the United States that her suppressed childhood dream of becoming an artist was allowed to fully blossom and grow.

Anna is a self-taught, abstract expressionist artist living and working in Arizona. She loves the freedom of abstract art because it often allows the viewer to see the image with their heart rather than just their eyes. Anna believes one’s personal journey and history is the most powerful aspect of a person. Because of this, her desire as an abstract artist is to pull the viewer’s own story into the canvas as they see it with their own eyes.