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Anna Maria Horner shows Head Angel Heidi her Needleworks offerings at Spring Quilt Market 2011
Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad’s paintings and with a closet full of her mom’s handiwork. Beds were warmed by the hand-loomed wool blankets sent by her grandmother from Greece. The busy little bodies of her and her siblings were warmed by the beautiful hand-knits of their grandmother in Indiana. As a kid in the ‘70s, she passed up the $1.79 Barbie dresses in Service Merchandise, opting instead to create designs from her mother’s fabric scraps…an artist was born.
During her years as a retailer/designer, Anna Maria had her hands in almost every medium on a daily basis. Designing clothing served an interest that she had since childhood. Her love of fabrics and patterns spilled onto her fine art canvases as well. Though busy with clothing design and production, Anna Maria found the energy to stay active artistically through exhibiting in galleries regularly. Her paintings, both small and large scale, are part of hundreds of private and commercial collections.
There have been many interesting stops on her artistic path but a common element in all of Anna Maria’s work whether clothing, accessories, quilts or paintings is a passion for color and vibrancy.