Ana Pollak lives and works on Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River. She began her art studies at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing in London in 1976 and went on to attend the Alexander Mackie School of Art from 1978 to 1980. Ana developed a keen interest in animation during the early 80’s and created her first animated film “Cathedral Forms” in 1983. All the while, she was establishing a sculpture program for children at the North Rocks School for Blind Children, Sydney. Since 1988 she has been involved in community actions to protect the Hawkesbury River Environment and in numerous community art projects. After a series of extended drawing trips from 1993 – 2002, with her partner and painter David Collins, Pollak decided to focus fully on her drawing. In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Dobell Prize for Drawing. In 2009 she returned to working in film to make “Flux”. Ana is currently working on Dangar Island and continues to go on extended drawing and painting trips across Australia.