She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and spent her childhood surrounded by the countryside and animals. Her love of colour, detail and design stems from a career in fashion working for well known brands such as Burberry and latterly Liberty's London working as a Buyer.
She has been a professional artist now for 25 years, although she has painted all her life. Her work is displayed at The Dove Tree Art Gallery, a refurbished 19th century former coach house in the French Atelier style in central Harrogate which is also her working studio which opened in 2011.
In July 2020. she created an art installation for Yorkshire Cancer Research for their campaign ‘put the boot into it’ featuring 191 stainless steel cut out boots hanging from a Cedar tree in front of Castle Howard. Also, she was commissioned to create a painting for home care service called Continued Care which included a rainbow featuring the names of the 140 carers employed.
For the past few years Anita has illustrated Christmas Cards for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance producing best-selling cards featuring iconic Yorkshire scenes including The Yorkshire Shepherdess; Amanda Owen, on her farm. Anita and Amanda have collaborated on a number of projects including the production of a unique English made bone china mug featuring Anita’s illustration of her farm.
Anita has developed a style of painting using fallen twigs, moss and leaves to dip into acrylic paint and apply to the paper or canvas and was subsequently asked to create a series of 12 monthly paintings as Artist-in-Residence for The RHS Garden Harlow Carr 2018-2019.
She was the First Official Artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2105. Anita has been commissioned to create a stainless-steel sculpture for the President of the UCI 2019 and a 1.5m wide stainless-steel sculpture of antique cutlery which hangs on the wall at Virgin Money Sheffield.