Anja Hamalainen-Numminen contracted polio in 1951 and lost the use of
her arms and hands. It took Anja Hämäläinen-Numminen, who had always
enjoyed embroidering, knitting and drawing patterns, three or four years
before she began to paint and draw with a utensil in her mouth. She
decided to take lessons in different painting styles with trained
teachers. In 1965 she was granted a scholarship by the Association. This
gave her the opportunity to intensify her painting activity. In 1980
she became a full member of the AMFPA. Anja Hämäläinen-Numminen
primarily depicts the landscapes of her native country, but also floral
arrangements, people and mythical creatures. Her works should be viewed
with a generous eye and are very self-confident in their transposition.
She has had the opportunity to present them to the public at numerous
exhibitions in Finland and around the world. Apart from painting Anja
Hämäläinen-Numminen has many hobbies, including literature, art events,
play-acting for organizations for disabled people and travelling.