Arizona native Anna Ryan grew up with the stories of her great grandmother who immigated to Gallup, New Mexico when New Mexico was still Old Mexico. These stories, along with her own experiences as a life-long denizen of the Southwest, infuse her folk art paintings of saints and desert life?actual and fantastical?with a peculiar Sonoran flair. Her interest in art as story-telling took hold at New Mexico?s College of Santa Fe, as an art therapy student. Eager to share her own stories, she returned to Arizona, raided her scultptor father?s shop for scraps of Arizona pine board, and began painting, using a limited, vivid palate of eight colors plus black and white. This will be her second year exhibiting at the Sonoran Art League?s signature Hidden in the Hills tour. When she isn?t painting, Anna can be found in her garden in Mesa or telling tall tales to her three children.