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N I T A    K  L  E  I  N 

 Images of the West 

Born in Vancouver and raised in a then rural Richmond, B.C., Anita was encouraged from an early age to develop her natural doodling tendencies. Then the horse bug bit. After many years of hanging around barns, taking riding lessons and begging for a horse of her own Anita was able to buy her own horse and enjoyed trail riding and showing horses for many years, a highlight being chosen as Miss Horsemanship and runner up to the Cloverdale Rodeo Queen back in the day.

After winning an art scholarship in high school she received her formal fine art education at the Emily Carr College of Art, then attended Kwantlen College earning an Associate Degree in Design. During her career as a graphic artist she designed a variety of projects including but not limited to electric and neon signage, murals and ephemera. After moving to northern B.C. Anita returned to the fine arts, selling her work in local galleries, teaching art workshops and acting as an instructor for the North Coast Distance School.

Working in a variety of mediums her fine art is recognized by it’s lushness of colour and bold sense of drama, subjects for her art are varied but her love of horses, nature and the western life remain a favourite for her paintings and drawings. Vibrant and often whimsical, an integrity is captured in each piece that inspires her viewers and collectors. Her work has been featured on the official posters of the 2003 Williams Lake Stampede and the 2004 Kamloops Cowboy Festival. 

Anita's award winning humorous work features sassy and colourful cowgirls, their critters and the crazy things that can happen when they get together. Published internationally by the Leanin Tree Greetings Company based in Boulder, Colorado, her cartoons are featured on greeting cards and merchandise. Her cartoons have been recognized by the Academy of Western Artists who awarded Anita the 2015 Cartoonist of the Year Award.

A member of Cowboy Cartoonists International and an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Anita now works from her studio in Cloverdale, British Columbia where she is focused on her fine art and cartoon/illustration work.

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