Anna Vojtech has illustrated various books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, of giraffes and elephants or of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Through her illustrations Anna has brought readers closer to our Native American heritage as well as the traditions of other nations.
Nature has been always a strong source of inspiration for Anna. She spent years combing through the northern forests and meadows searching out rare wild flowers. Parts of her extensive collection of botanical paintings were published in different magazines and as a book Wild Flowers for All Seasons. They have been exhibited in the USA, Canada and England. Click here to visit Anna's fine arts website.
Anna Vojtech grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. She remembers her home she shared with her two older brothers as a place full of music, stories and creative ideas. “Prague was a magical place to grow up. We were surrounded by beauty, mystery, history and by nature”.
She studied art and toy design at the School of Applied Arts and animation film and graphics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. After the Soviet invasion of her country in 1968 she attended the Royal Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. Here she met her German American husband, Roland Baumgaertel. In 1971 they moved to Canada.
Since 1982 Anna has lived with her husband Roland and their sons, Mathis and Lukas, in Massachusetts. She has exhibited her work in the Boston Athenaeum, the Peabody Museum and various galleries and museums. She has cooperated with several educational and children's books publishers. Since 1992 her illustration work has been represented by Studio Goodwin Sturges.
Besides being a full time mother and now a part time grandmother, Anna has always been a full time artist and illustrator. She lives and works on Cape Ann.