Oil on Board - Winter Landscape with Still River and Birch Trees Signed by Canadian-Finnish Artist Anna Jalava (some marks on canvas) - Cream and Gold Wood Frame - Quiet morning with the pale winter sun lighting up the snow drifts- 41" W x 31" H
Anna Jalava (1926- )
Anna Jalava was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1926. From early on she was greatly interested in art, and was always drawing and painting and studying the masters of the Finnish artists. Her favorite was Akseli Gallen Kallela. She studied at the “Ateneum”, the Academy of Art of Finland.
For most of Anna’s teenage years, from 1939-1945, Finland was at war with Russia. For Anna’s family, the year 1944 was the most fateful and life changing year in her young life. In April of that year, the family lost their home and all their possessions in the heaviest bombing Helsinki ever had. In September, her father came home from the war and died the same day of a heart attack, after just visiting his wife in a tuberculosis hospital. In December her mother also died and Anna and her younger brother were left alone to care for themselves.
In February 1945, Anna met Mauri Jalava. Almost immediately he asked her to marry him. They were eager to go out and see the world and in 1950 the Jalava family with their two little girls left for Stockholm, Sweden. Anna’s brother, who was also an artist was already there, and Mauri’s brother, an artist, who had studied in the Ateneum at the same time as Anna, also came there with his family. They all formed a good support group for each other. Eventually their plan was for all of them to immigrate to Canada. In 1952, Anna’s family, including her brother, sailed over to Canada settling in Toronto. In 1954, Mauri’s brother joined them with his family.
As in Stockholm, Anna got her start in Toronto painting portraits, but then the landscapes and a variety of other subjects became more interesting to her. She spent a lot of time painting the scenery around Muskoka and Georgian Bay, and so in 1962, the family decided to buy a place by Mill Lake, near Parry Sound. From there, they traveled around the continent; including Mexico where in the late sixties Anna studied art at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende. In Parry Sound, she taught art in adult education classes from 1971 to 1974.
Their next move occurred in 1975 when Mauri began history studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Anna Worked out of a large studio in downtown Sudbury where she also had students. In 1976 Anna began part time studies in anthropology in Laurentian. In 1980 they both graduated with honours.
In the fall of 1980 they moved to Ottawa. Anna was introduced to Koyman Galleries. Her Rideau Canal scenes have captured the hearts of many a tourist, as a memento of their experiences visiting Ottawa, as well as for residents, who enjoy the Tulip Fest and Winterlude scenes Anna creates.
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