Anna’s formal education is in photography and art education, with a BA from Hampshire College, a year studying at Speós - The Paris Photographic Institute, and a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After many years of teaching, first in the Chicago Public School System and then running an art department at a private school in Rhode Island, she made the leap to full time artist. She now focuses her energies on bookbinding and is the creator behind Purplebean Bindery, a business focused on creating unique, durable and inspiring blank journals. To satisfy her endless creative itch, she also makes artists books, dabbles in printmaking, practices antiquated photography techniques, does some web and graphic design, and teaches workshops. Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited throughout New England and published in several periodicals, including Maine Magazine. Her home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine. When not in the studio, Anna is out in her vegetable garden, snowshoeing through the woods with her husband and sassy rescue mutt or traveling to far-flung islands.