Anthea Durose was born in Birmingham, England and studied at the Birmingham College of Art and Crafts during the 1950s. She studied under B. Fleetwood-Walker, R.A., a specialist in portraiture. Her training included graphic techniques and she received commissions for book illustrations during her student days, from the publisher Arthur James of Evesham. After nine years teaching in South Africa, she settled in East Anglia, where she is well known. In 1967 she joined the art group of the Dutch artist Cor Visser, living in Suffolk, and counts herself fortunate to have received guidance from this eminent painter. Durose specialises in portraiture, and her portraits of children are greatly admired. She also enjoys genre, landscape, flower and still-life painting working in a variety of media including oil, water colour and pastel. Her work is in many private collections in the UK and abroad.