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Anita Klein
Anita Klein "I listen to Radio 4 pretty much all day every day while I paint and print."

I have tried listening to music, but it just doesn't work for me. I find I need to be absorbed by what I'm listening to in order to stop thinking logically about what I am doing. This seems to release me to paint and draw more intuitively while concentrating on the play or the news or whatever.

After a particularly riveting programme I sometimes stand back from what I'm doing and surprise myself, almost as if someone else had done it. I have also tried story tapes, and have even bought BBC compilations of my favourite programmed like The Routes of English, but I find that Radio 4 helps me to feel part of the outside world, being in real time. I like the time checks and the predictable format.

When my children were younger I always knew I had to stop work at the end of the Afternoon Play to pick them up from school. Now the end of the play gives me warning that they will be home soon to disturb me. My favourite programmes are The Moral Maze, Woman's Hour and the Afternoon Play. It's a shame that some of the best programmes like The Moral Maze are only on in the evening now. I don't like the Food Programme or that awful thing with the greengrocers. I choose to save any errands, like going to the Post Office or the framer when those come on. I am occasionally addicted to The Archers, and actually bought a long wave radio so I could listen to them from a holiday in Italy in case Jennifer found out about Brian and Siobhan!
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Anita Klein studied at the Slade School of Fine Art where she graduated with a BA in Fine Art and a Higher Diploma in Printmaking. She has had more than 40 one-woman shows in the UK, the USA and Australia.

Her work is included in such public collections as the Arts Council of Great Britain, University College London, and the University of Wales.

She was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1991 and a Full Member in 1995. She currently serves as President of the Society.

Recently elected as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Anita Klein is both a great humourist and humanist who approaches her work with a grand simplicity, which is not to say that her images lack subtlety or ambiguity. Most of her work is directly autobiographical, often incorporating recurring themes such as angels, wine, etc.
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