Anna McDonald-Anakaa

I make paintings of mundane scenes with a focus on mark making. I enjoy mixing different materials into acrylic paint which adds dimension to my work. The images and textures that I pass in my daily life capture my imagination; I wonder who else has been struck by this pattern and what was the story behind these discarded objects? I made a painting recently depicting a bin with the label, ‘General Mixed Waste’, which was based on a self-deprecating joke. The pandemic has influenced my work through emotive changes to my perspective and physical changes in my environment, then

my response to these. I made drawings and paintings based on walks to a cemetery with old, sunken gravestones covered in wild flowers. Applying paint by pouring was cathartic at this time and allowed loose lines to mimic the plants. I am inspired by layers and natural forms overgrowing manmade structures.

Exit this way

Mixed media on a bedsheet


Oil pastel and acrylic on paper

Kwagh Hir theatre

Drawing from film, acrylic on paper

Cemetery drawing

Oil pastel on paper, from a series of drawings based on walks to a cemetery in 2020