Anna D. Bruce is a fine art photographer who utilizes self-portraiture as a way to bring her imagination to life. By creating imaginary characters using primarily herself, Anna is able to extend herself into a world of fairytales where anything is possible. Though the majority of her work explores the darker parts of herself, she thrives on bringing to light her personal struggles, using her art as a method for healing those struggles and showcasing that we are not as alone as we might think.
Anna was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and is fluent in Spanish. At the age of 14, while spending a summer vacation with her family in California, her parents called to say that she would not be returning back home to Venezuela. Due to the political uncertainty in Venezuela, her parents were moving to the United States to get away. Anna did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to her family, friends and the country she knew. This event was the catalyst for her turning to photography as a way of documenting every aspect of her life. Later on, she merged her drawing and photography experiences to layer her personal photographs with her self-portraits in order to create images that feel both painterly and impossibly real.
Anna has her BA in Art and Visual Technology with Concentration on Photography from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She has been in numerous exhibitions across the United States, has been featured on public television in Virginia, Subaru’s Drive Performance magazine and in the Sony Alpha “Era of Alpha Female is Here” video.
Some fun and random facts about Anna are:
- She is a fitness junkie and is certified to teach indoor cycle.
- Mac ‘n Cheese, doughnuts and breakfast burritos are a sure way to her heart – although a good bowl of Ramen is not an option to be discounted.
- She met her husband while working at Circuit City.
- She is a dog and cat mom.