Anita Zymolka Amrhein was born in Potsdam near Berlin and escaped East Germany just a day before the Berlin Wall went up.  Together with her Diplomat husband she has lived, traveled and worked extensively overseas. Anita and her husband have recently moved from Seattle and now make their home again in Virginia.

Initiating her studies in the early 80s under Prof. Yan Yee Hong at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, she later continued under Prof. August Ohm in Hamburg, Germany.  Several workshops in Germany and Italy, and with Linda Doll, Michelle Tremaine, Skip Lawrence and Paul Jackson in the U.S., helped her develop her own style.

She has had solo exhibitions in Hamburg, Berlin and Potsdam in Germany; Milan, Italy; Warrenton, Virginia; and Everett, Washington.  Her paintings have been juried into exhibitions at the Tacoma Museum of Art, the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle, Solovei Gallery in Everett, International Exhibitions of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), California Watercolor Association (CWA), Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) and the 2014 Shenzhen (China) International Watercolor Biennial.  Her works can be found in private collections in many countries.  Anita is a Signature Member of NWWS and CWA.

From drawings to working with oils, acrylics and painting on porcelain and silk, Anita now concentrates on watercolors, depicting mainly motives of nature.  She signs her paintings with her maiden name “ZYMOLKA".

Artist’s Statement:

“Nature, color, details and music inspire my paintings, which can turn out to be realistic, abstract, whimsical or all of it at once. Whatever the style, I like to portrait the beauty of all of nature’s creatures and creations, real or imagined, big or small, to remind us of the important part each of the world’s creature and creations contribute to the preservation of our environment.  I usually start with a random color scheme and then let my feelings, imagination and intuition guide me to a finished painting.  I want my paintings to make you smile, but also give you something to think about.  That is why I often try to express a serious side through my paintings to remind you of the importance of protecting nature and our environment.”          540-547-2122