Anna Podris (B.F.A., painting, 2000) lives and works in North Carolina, maintaining a studio space in downtown Raleigh. She is inspired by the foliage and fresh air of wilderness areas as well as the vibrancy of diverse urban areas. Podris employs painting as a way to depict her own parallel universe. Creating a visual culture of personified animals in woodland settings, she contemplates the mystical aspect of nature. Her cityscape paintings are based on memories of architecture and rooted in her affinity for historic districts and craftsmanship. Podris exhibits her work both regionally and nationally.