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. After Carll embraced the fine art discipline she 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. 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.