Anita Roleff was born in Camberwell VIC in 1942, and at the age of nine made up her mind to become an artist. She studied Art at Swinburne Art School and, after attaining top marks in Folio Presentation, as well as Life and Costume Drawing, she graduated with a Certificate of Art in 1961.
Married in 1962, Anita took employment at Austral Transfers, to learn the skills of transfer design, photographic reproduction and engraving. When her family relocated to Adelaide, she joined the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
Returning to Melbourne, Victoria two years later, Anita joined The Hut Art Society, where her solo exhibition received favourable reviews in the local Press. Notwithstanding the demands placed upon her by rearing SIX children, Anita sought to broaden her experience, through periods of study in pottery/ceramics with Peter Petrucelli, tonal painting with David Moore and water colour with Malcolm Beattie.
During the 1980s and 1990s she worked as a Diversional Therapist at Moorfield Community Care, teaching silk painting, ceramics, weaving and other crafts. For several years, Anita produced charcoal portraits at school fetes, including Yarra Valley Grammar and Tintern Grammar. She joined the Bass Coast Artists' Society in 1988.
Anita designed and published
(with her husband Paul) this book
‘Southern Star -
Mercedes-Benz in Australia'.