I'm Anna Zachariah. I live and make art in Kenmore, Washington state, USA. I adore the Pacific Northwest, and am influenced just as much by the somber beauty of western Washington as I am by the lush greenery and tropical warmth of my homeland in Kerala, India. With a background in engineering and business followed by a decade in corporate roles, I am currently happily invested in the work-life blend of my art practice.
My paintings have previously been juried into several shows including the 2021 Winter Show of Small Works at Parklane Gallery (Kirkland WA), Schack Art Center’s Art of the Garden Exhibit in Jun-Aug (Everett, WA), the Edmonds Arts Festival in mid-June (Edmonds, WA), Parklane Gallery’s 30th Annual Miniature Show in July (Kirkland, WA), and MLT Arts Commission's Arts of the Terrace show (Mountlake Terrace, WA).
My solo show "Tropical Garden Night" was exhibited at City Gallery in City Hall, Kenmore during June - July 2022.
Other select pieces are also carried by the Shorelake Arts Gallery in Lake Forest Park, and the Gallery Store at the Schack Art Center in Everett WA.
Influences & Inspiration
My artistic influences draw upon my multi-cultural life as an immigrant in the US. I use rich dark colors reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest along with shapes and patterns inspired by tropical flora. I often incorporate color and composition styles that are deeply influenced by traditional South Indian textiles and gold embroidery.
Mediums, Surfaces & Style
My themes center on the natural world, with most of my work featuring botanical inspiration or landscapes. I enjoy combining line drawings with paintings. I also enjoy minimalist black and white, similar to my ongoing series of line drawings on canvas. I work primarily in acrylic and ink, on canvas and various paper surfaces.
The factors that unify my work across this spectrum are a love for clean lines and rich colors, as well as the interplay of bold definition and subtlety.