Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Anna Corba and her dog, Caylus

Anna Corba is a prolific San Franciso-based artist whose work is well-known and loved. She was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2006 by Country Living. I was introduced to her work through my 91 year old grandfather, who gave me her web address. My grandparents are neighbors of her parents in Michigan, so I was pleased when I contacted her and she graciously agreed to share a bit about herself with us.

Do you have a motto?
"Listen to your heart....the depth of your desire will take you exactly where you need to go..."
What's your favorite color?
It's a tie...sage green and robin's egg blue.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A teacher, a dancer, a poet.

Anna has authored 3 books, including Vintage Papercrafts with Anna Corba (above)

Are you married? Children? Pets?
I've been with my husband for 20 years. We never had children but our mixed breed dog, Caylus, was the love of our lives.
What are some of your favorite things or things that are essential to your success/well-being as a person and artist?
My studio, my collections of French ephemera, my bowls full of ribbon, artwork by friends and others who inspire me, the french china cups I drink coffee from in the morning and the magazine 'British Country Living'.
What do you love most about living in San Francisco?
The green winters filled with rosemary and lavender and blue skies, the open, liberal attitude that permeates the culture, the love of fresh earth rich food, great flea markets and a handful of colorful shops filled with just what I need to keep my work life inspired.
Where were you born?
Akron, Ohio!

What are the most challenging things for you about being an artist?
The financial roller coaster, the necessity of juggling what seems like millions of balls just to make ends meet, the explosion in the last decade of imagery and objects and how to stay fresh and original amidst an overwhelming array of options.
Pet peeve?
Being in a rush, not taking time to notice detail or simple beauty and sensation.

Favorite food?
All food related to breakfast!...pastries, french toast, scrambled eggs, great coffee with cream, fresh fruit...
3 words you'd use to describe yourself
Soft, quiet, organized, diligent, sentimental.

Thank you, Anna! Check out more of her work here at Found Cat Studio


pve design said...

I cannot decide what I like most, that your Grandfather made the intro or that I have several of her things in my home, a lovely paperweight. She looks so sweet and I admire her work full of heart!

Debra said...

I love the items you showed with Anna's profile. I'm going to visit her website now-Thanks Anne.

Joyce said...

Anne what a wonderful post. She won me over immediately with your pup and her parents living in the midwest. smile... Her art is beautiful. Thank you my friend! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Very elegant blog...!!!

Karena said...

Beautiful work by a special artist! I will go and take a look right now!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I hope my grandchildren listen to me when I'm 91! What a lovely talent and that album is beautiful. Will visit her website today and thanks Anne for the introduction. You are like an ambassador for women in business.

Angela said...

what a great interview.

Beth Connolly said...

Anne-A lovely feature on this talented woman. I love to decoupage, so I really enjoyed this post.

Renae Moore said... savvy is your grandpa in his computer skills? Love it. I adore Anna's work and will most definitely get her book. I enjoy making special things for people!
Thanks so much for your sweet words on my blog!

MissBliss said...

I love artist self portraits!

Nice interview-- I enjoyed her description of San Francisco...

good points on slowing down to notice things, too... I don't like rushing all the time, either... :)

Shandell's said...

Love her work, she is very talented. I found her a couple of years ago, great interview.