Cleveland portrait artist, Anna Arnold, discusses her love of drawing and painting as a child, encouragement from her parents and teachers, and her ambition to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, and become a "famous Cleveland artist." She found inspiration at the Cleveland Museum of Art, especially in the work of the impressionists. Influential teachers at CIA included, Mo Brooker, Joseph Cintron, and Van Duser. Arnold discusses the importance of bright colors in her work, and the support of Helen Cullinen, Plain Dealer art critic who promoted her work. She mentions other CIA students she knew, Scott Miller, Catherine Butler, George Bows and David Magana. She admired Andy Warhol, and used him as a subject, along with 1960's movie stars. One career highlight was being commissioned to paint portraits of the Peter B. Lewis family and friends. Other highlights are Guitar Mania, and the Globe at the Cleveland Public Library, which was done with local elementary students. She was always fearful of moving away, but is now attending CWRU as a graduate student and may teach art in another country. She describes her work process, the pleasure of collaborative work, and the importance of promoting her art to public. She explains that she gravitates to bright colors and Caribbean scenes as a reflection of her personality. She talks about the struggle for female artists to be accepted.
Arnold, Anna (interviewee)
Busta, William (interviewer)
Cleveland Artists Foundation
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"Anna Arnold Interview, 29 October 2008" (2008). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 901022.