Anna Sponer, nee Chiarelli, is a self taught Canadian artist, born and currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. Her parents, Salvatrice and Antonino Chiarelli, immigrated to Canada in the 1940’s from Racalmuto, Sicily. She is the only daughter and the youngest in a family of six children. Raised in the predominantly Italian "north end" of Hamilton, Anna’s interest in art arose from her colorful working class surroundings. She began drawing at an early age spending many hours observing and re-creating images on paper. Later in life, she visited many prominent art galleries in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy; and viewed the paintings and sculptures created by some of the world's greatest classical and contemporary artists. Her artistic proclivity was further nurtured by her fascination with impressionism.