Born in Vancouver and raised in a then rural Richmond, BC, Anita Klein began to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon and was encouraged from an early age to develop her natural doodling tendencies into a career in art.
Her love of animals and horses in particular started early and after many years of hanging around barns and taking riding lessons, Anita was able to buy her own horse and enjoyed trail riding and showing horses for many years, one highlight being chosen as Miss Horsemanship and runner up to the Cloverdale Rodeo Queen back in the day.
She received her formal fine art education at the Emily Carr College of Art then attended Kwantlen College earning an Associate Degree in Design. In her career as a graphic artist Anita has designed a variety of projects including electric and neon signage, murals & ephemera.
Anita now works from her studio in Cloverdale, BC, focused on her fine art and illustration work. Vibrant and often whimsical, Anita’s artwork reflects the bright colours of her soul. Working in a variety of mediums, her work 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 constant theme in her paintings and drawings.
The integrity and honesty captured in each piece touches the hearts of her viewers & collectors.
Anita's award winning humorous work brought her the coveted Cartoonist of the Year 2015 Award from the Academy of Western Artists. Featuring sassy and colourful cowgirls, their critters and the crazy things that can happen when they get together, Anita's cartoons can be found published internationally on Leanin Tree Greeting Cards & merchandise.
Her work has been featured on the official posters of the Williams Lake Stampede and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.
Anita is a member of Cowboy Cartoonists International and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.