Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand Artist. She graduated from Unitec, Auckland in 1999 with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication. After freelancing as a Graphic Designer and Artist since 2000, she has now been working as a full-time Artist since 2012.
The primary focus of her work has shifted from Portraiture in the last 6 years to a contemporary conversation about Aotearoa. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works discuss the beauty of Multiculturalism, which is so prevalent in Aotearoa, 'Land of the Long White Cloud'.
"My work is inspired by my experience and journey as a young New Zealand Artist and has taken a new pathway after becoming a mother in 2006, with focus on the multicultural heritage of my son; Fijian, Wallis & Futunan, Scottish, Hungarian and of course Kiwi! My work reflects multiple influences and celebrates the multi-cultural talent and beauty which makes us so unique in our culture…"