I have always been creative, and I started drawing every day following an accident in 2018. I broke my ankle and was immobilised for several months. Later that year, on holiday but unable to do our usual walking, I decided to take a sketchbook and pen with me. It’s addictive and I love it.
There’s plenty of nature around to provide inspiration. I love to draw animals and (sometimes obscure) objects and structures that fascinate me. I’m particularly attracted to animals that bring a smile to my face, they can be such characters.
More recently I've made use of the facilities here (courtesy of our summer workshops at www.studysculpture.com ) and have started to really enjoy handbuilding ceramics in stoneware.
Last year I was very excited to be asked by the brilliant multi-talented Scientist and Broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, to help illustrate a book. ‘The Little Book of Humanism’ was published in August 2020 by Piatkus Books.
My Facebook page (Anna Cooley Art) and Instagram account (@annacooley.art) are great outlets for my paintings and drawings, especially for ‘Gertie the Guinea Fowl’. During the lockdown she persuaded me to make the most of my time and I have published a book featuring her and her commentaries on life.
I live in Wales with my human and animal family. I love walking in the hills and I have a little Jack Russell called Mr Pepys, who is my constant companion.