At 18 years old she left school, married and moved to Auckland, New
Zealand. The following year her daughter Polina was born. From 2013 she
enrolled part-time in Massey University where she has studied
Psychology. Anna still created art but her focus was on her family and
her studies. By 2016 Anna believed she had gained enough life experience
and maturity to have something meaningful to express publicly in her
art. From late 2016 she began to exhibit and work as a professional artist. Her first solo show was held in April 2018 at The Art Lounge New Zealand.
In 2017 she has had the following achievements. She won the Premier Award at the Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards;
1st Place as well as a Merit Award in the New Artist Category at the 2017 Royal Easter Show Auckland; the Peoples Choice Award
at the 2017 Kumeu Art Awards; and the Merit Award (Professional) at the 24th Great Summer Art Exhibition.
In addition, four of her other paintings made competition finals.
During 2018 Anna won the Edinburgh Award at the Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards (Dunedin), and the Peoples Choice Award at the 2018 MRI National Youth Art Awards. She was awarded 1st Place in the Acrylic Category at the Franklin Arts Festival, as well as winning a Merit Award (Abstract) at the Royal Easter Show (Auckland). She was selected as a finalist in the 2018 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards, the Craigs Aspiring Art Prize 2018, the Impressions National Art Awards 2018, the ILT Art Awards 2018, as well as the Kumeu Art Awards 2018. In June at the 2018 NZ Art Show held in Wellington, Anna work was in such demand that she sold out of the entire stock of 12 paintings she had brought to the show. By the end of 2018 Anna was represented by three galleries: Wanaka Fine Arts in Dunedin, the MobileArt Gallery in Auckland, as well as the Art Lounge NZ in Tauranga.