"As I quietly paint, I have both decisive moments and an earnest, listening eye. What occurs in the midst of this is nuance, happy accidents, intuitive associations, humor, brooding and reduction.
The Erosion Series is about seeing the beauty in the natural event of decay and building an aesthetic around it. I have recently focused this series on abstract imagery based on my Magnolia Tree. It is through the lens of tending this Magnolia, that the bounty of images centered on the decay of the leaves, pods and seeds, has made me appreciate that within reduction the more possibility there will be."
Anna Carll was born in 1960 in Charleston, WV, into a large German-American family with five other siblings. Raised in Sarasota, FL, Carll’s early influences were imprinted in a tropical and urban setting. In 1984, Carll received her BA from the University of Florida, after which she emigrated to Atlanta, GA, where she lived and worked for 16 years. Carll spent 12 years honing her craft in the North Georgia Mountains under the influence of the beautiful Appalachians in the Blue Ridge area. Carll now makes her home in Chattanooga, TN.
Carll began her career as an illustrator and graphic designer, with a strong background in art history, then eventually migrated toward fine art. During her career as a designer in Atlanta, Carll freelanced with the Trousdell Design Studio on the Bally’s Casino Hotel’s account and her independent clients included: Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific, Canada Life Insurance and Southwire. In 1992, Carll began private study with the late painter Ouida Canaday who founded the Artists’ Atelier of Atlanta and was co-founder of the Atlanta Piedmont Arts Festival. Canaday was a contemporary of the Atlanta artist, Joe Perrin. In 1999, Carll quit the graphic design industry to become a full-time painter. From that point onward she evolved as a self-taught artist. Carll’s main influences are Picasso, Matisse, Gerhard Richter & Pat Steir.
Carll’s abstract work is based on the concept of erosion and utilizes a lot of the techniques that she first developed with her figurative work.
Carll’s first gallery representation began in 1997 with Bender Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta. Carll is now represented by several galleries in the United States. Carll’s work is collected by a diverse group of patrons in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.
1984 BA, College of Fine Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2009 Masters Series Workshop Instructor: BRMAA, Blue Ridge GA
1992 Private study with the late painter, Ouida Canaday, Atlanta, GA
1984-99 Freelance illustrator & graphic designer in Atlanta, GA