Anna Barnes has a Masters in Design Science, specialising in 3D Animation from Sydney University, being awarded the Dean's Honour Award. A Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, specialising in South East Asian Studies. Anna was the Executive Chef of Sydneys "Best Specialty Restaurant" winner and has worked over 25 years in Sydney restaurants, working with specialty cuisines, and creating authentic cultural menus. She was the owner of "Fiasco and Debacle", Sydneys largest artisan cafe cake manufacturer for 8 years. She has implemented and delivered cooking classes, held workshops, been a cooking demonstrator, facilitated "Artist Way" groups, and has worked for Team Building companies. She currently teaches Travel Sketching and Nature Journalling in The Blue Mountains and leads Creative Retreats in Vietnam. Her passion is to help people recover, transform, connect and thrive through art, food and culture. She is an artist, a mother, traveller and a naturalist. She lives in The Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia with her family.