About Anna L. Conti

San Francisco artist and arts blogger, my personal web site is bigcrow.com

I was born at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, in Maryland, and have lived all over the United States. My mother was very artistic and encouraged me in painting and drawing, as a young child.

While I was still in high school I started working as an illustrator / graphic designer and I continued in that field for 6 years. In 1975 my mother died after a long, difficult illness. Disillusioned with commercial art, and searching for a more meaningful life, I left the art world and went into Nursing.

In 1994 I retired from from my job as a Critical Care Nurse and began to devote myself full time to painting. Regular, frequent visits to Art Galleries, Museums, and other artists' studios has been a source of stimulation. Daily meditation and weekly plein air trips are my inspiration. Participation in ArtSpan, ARTwork, and San Francisco Women Artists has been my education.

These days I mostly work in my studio, using photographs and sketches for reference and inspiration (as well as listening to folk, jazz, and cowboy music, and PRI.)

Once or twice a month I head outside to paint and/or photograph the natural and not-so-natural world of San Francisco.

I've been living in the Sunset District of San Francisco since 1987 with my husband - photographer David Sumner.

Recent Activity

  • Anna shared from Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good by Andrew J. Mellen
    There is a pervasive, tremendous lie we collectively tell ourselves and reinforce each day—namely, that there is not enough time to accomplish what is really important to us. But there is enough time . . . for what is truly important. Anyone who’s cared for a sick or dying friend or loved one knows that time shifts when the illusory veil of immortality is removed. The bills get paid, food gets prepared and eaten, but superfluous phone calls are not returned. Sales go unattended. The things that are really important find a way of insisting on receiving if not one’s complete attention, certainly...
    Note: A quote from the intro to Andrew Mellon's book:
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