Anna Carll began her career as an illustrator and graphic designer with a background in art history after receiving her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida in 1984. In 1992, during a successful career with her design studio in Atlanta, Carll undertook private study with the late painter Ouida Canaday who was co-founder of the Atlanta Piedmont Arts Festival. Carll quit the graphic design industry in 1999 to become a full-time painter after her first gallery representation with Bender Fine Art became successful. From that point onward she evolved as a self-taught artist. When Carll relocated to Chattanooga in 2013 she started exploring public art projects, as well as, commission work within the hospitality trade. Carll is in both the Edwin Hotel and the Kinley Southside Hotel Autograph Collections. Carll enjoys moving effortlessly between painting, weaving and book arts in her studio daily, each informing the other. She combines painting, collage and mixed media within a multi-disciplined art practice.
Examples of Anna Carll's Work
"Urban Collage #99" by Anna Carll 33 x 30 in.
"Urban Botanical #95" by Anna Carll 48 x 60 in.
"Urban Grid #81" by Anna Carll 48 x 72 in.
"My abstract work is based on the exploration of the cycle of life through nature and the constant push/pull of urban life within that natural cycle. Human civilizations are built on top of each other creating a rich history of our efforts to exist side by side with nature. What we build requires constant maintenance in our quest to keep our cities alive and work our way towards harmony with the Earth and ourselves. The Urban Botanicals, Grids and Collages are an examination of that cycle. The Urban Botanicals reflect how nature seeds herself into the nooks and cranny’s of our cities and towns. The Urban Grids are a birds-eye view of our roads and bridges being reabsorbed by nature through weather events and the Urban Collages are an exercise in recycling colorful prints or paintings from my daily art practice—built layer by layer to create a visual history of the current work. All of my work is an effort to show how important it is to for us to learn to resonate with the Earth to ensure our way forward in compatible communities."