Anita M Wells

Having been fascinated with color, art and drawing from an early age, my serious journey into painting started late in life when I was commissioned to do two paintings of the traditional La Calavera (skull/skeleton) Catrina figure.  The Catrtina is the most recognized of the characters that appear at the Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.Once I completed the commission, I became interested in the history and traditions of my Hispanic roots and to Dia de los Muertos.  I loved the idea of a happy fiesta that welcomes the spirits of deceased loved ones into our lives.  Over the 3 day celebration they are honored with displays of their pictures, favorite food, and music so they are never forgotten. Combining my own love of dance and color, I started a unique series of mixed media happy Calavera dancers.  I have my heritage to thank for my refreshed passion for painting and enjoy the hours I spend in my home studio in Nipomo.  Currently, I'm using oils, acrylics and mixed media to paint various subjects and styles. Anita M Wells studio is in Nipomo (she’s #184 in the catalog). You can also see more of her work at