Anna has been painting, drawing and exploring areas of design
and color for many years. Her work is sold all over the world
from small galleries in the US, to the South Pole Station “gift
shop” in Antarctica.
Drawing came naturally to her as a child, and she has kept that
spark going by designing logos and creating artwork for friends,
family and local businesses and organizations.
At 26, she launched Queen Oscar Designs, and shortly afterwards,
a few local women business owners took her under their wing,
and soon she was selling to bookstores, galleries and gift shops
around New England and the country.
Most of her artistic education comes from mentors and friends,
from her work with young people, and from her own self-guided
explorations of design.
Anna continues to explore different areas of color, texture
and design in her works, and continues to take classes in the
arts, when time allows. She lives in Newmarket and is married
to Chris Volpe, and has a son named Max, born in 2007.
I have always loved petroglyphs and pictographs, and the
figures that I create
come from a love of resonant, simple, but expressive design.
My subject is primarily women involved in the work and play
that brings them passion and meaning in their lives. I also
love to do mixed-media and block carving and printing.
I feel very fortunate to create art in my home and studio at
the Mills at Salmon Falls in Rollinsford. I love connecting
with the people who give my journals, cards and art to friends,
who see their friends and relatives in the images, and celebrate
them for who they are and what they love.
I have always wanted my art to be accessible and affordable
for people who chose to buy handcrafted art, for themselves
or to share with a friend. I have enjoyed how much women of
all ages (and occasionally men), take pleasure in the images
that resonate with them. I hope that the artwork inspires joy
and recognition in those who feel a kinship with it. Finally,
I hope to keep finding new mediums and making different
kinds of art as it just makes life so much more fun and