About Anita Saunders

I am a figurative artist, printmaker and illustrator taking inspiration from the stunning rural setting of the Cotswolds in the UK.


Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cotswolds; the people, animals and plants of my childhood delighted and fascinated me. I find certain creatures appearing many times in my work; hinting at a symbolism and narrative which lies deeper than the surface representation of the subject or form.

I take inspiration from the world around me and draw on emotions to arrive at the final composition, using colour and gestures to help convey what is in my mind.

I enjoy the act of painting, the fluidity and physical appearance of the paint. I work quickly to plot out an initial composition. Strong, energetic marks are often hidden beneath subsequent layers of paint in my oil paintings but remain more apparent on the surface of the works on paper. The physicality of the act of creating drypoints and mezzotints is also something I love and is a result of my life-long love of drawing. The anticipation and trepidation on peeling back the paper to see what the first new print is like is addictive and something I don’t ever envisage will lose its appeal.

Anita Saunders


Menagerie exhibition

22 - 28 November 2019

Dove Gallery, 6 High Street, Winchcombe, Glos GL54 5LT

This exhibition of recent work, inspired by my love and admiration of the natural world, will be on display for one week only. 

A range of work will be available, including paintings, limited edition prints and stained glass.

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