Anita Sumariwalla was born near Geneva and raised in Basel, Switzerland. As a young person she spent time teaching children but was more curious about the big world outside Switzerland. This took Anita to Italy where she learned Italian and studied art appreciation. Anitas’ interest in art was influenced by her mother – Marta Hurlimann – who was an artist and art professor in Basel.
A chance meeting with Russy Sumariwalla in 1959 brought Anita to the United States and in 1965 they were married in Pittsfield, Mass. Anita took art classes at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. While in Amherst, she started testing her skills in painting and held her very first one- person show at the Unitarian Fellowship there.
They later settled in Mill Valley, CA. Anita found a teaching position at the St. Stevens School in Belvedere, CA. Anita showed some of her work at the annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival where one of her paintings was chosen by the local newspaper reporting on the festival.
In 1971 they settled in Mclean, VA.It was here that Anita immersed herself in painting and studied under John Bryans a well-known Washington artist and teacher.
With Russy taking an early retirement in 1991 they moved back to the S.F. Bay Area – this time in Pacifica where they designed and built their house with an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. The couples next stop was St. Helena in Napa Valley from where they moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 2004. While in St. Helena Anita had a major exhibition at the prestigious Christopher Hill Gallery which included some of the paintings shown here.