​Artyana Art & Craft

Inspired by Colour & Nature

Anna Clarke 

Whether I’m trying to capture the rugged scenery of the Bulgarian countryside where I grew up, overlooking a mountainous landscape, or the gentle rolling hills of Surrey where I now live, the natural world is my favourite subject.

I love reflecting the colours of the seasons. Capturing the changing light and colours of the turning seasons and representing the natural world in an abstract form is both a challenge and a pleasure. From autumnal whirls of reds and oranges to austere whites and greys of winter, I try to capture the essence of the landscape whilst leaving something to the imagination of you, the viewer.

It’s no surprise then that my signature work consists of bright, bold colours with quite often a textured impasto effect.


My interest in art and crafts developed a little later in life. I gave up a career in marketing three years ago to finally turn my passion into a full-time occupation.

I’m largely self-taught but enhanced my techniques on courses at the University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins where I honed my oil on canvas style and later at London City College where I was guided to perfect my use of acrylics.

My work can be found in several local galleries in and around Surrey as well as at numerous events in Surrey and further afield (please see my Events page).

As well as abstracts, I enjoy the challenge of capturing a likeness, whether of a beloved pet or person. My passion for texture means that I don’t aim for a perfect photographic smoothness but the end result should be an accurate expression of a much-loved subject.

I am currently extending my work to include crafted pictures, decorations and jewellery-making and design and am developing a jewellery collection for adults and children that combines my love for texture and natural materials. These are unique pieces featuring necklaces, bracelets, hair clips and accessories inspired by the natural world - vibrant florals, pebbles and stone made of pure merino and mohair wool by using the ancient wet felting process. The end result I am aiming for is an eye-catching designs that is kept as simple as possible. After all, you cannot improve on nature!

Next year I hope to share my skills and experience in a series of workshops for both children and adults.


More details will soon be made available on my website.