Anke was born in Ithaca, New York, 1972 and was apprenticed as a professional photographer assistant when she was still in the 8th grade. Her father introduced her to the wonders of the cameras early in life. Anke took to the form readily and with enthusiasm. During high school Anke apprenticed with a number of artists in the New York area and eventually won a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a bachelors degree in fine art. Throughout this period she pursued her studies of color theory and painting, continuing to find in these endeavors greater creative stimulus and inspiration than she had known in her photographic work. "My work is inspired photographically", says Anke "but I take it beyond the ordinary representation to create a harmonious blend of texture with composition." Anke has been working as a fine art painter in Atlanta, Georgia for the past 4 years.