Sanna Tomac has painted all her life, but moved by the war in Croatia, she became a Red Cross registered nurse in 1995. She studied drawing and painting at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy from 1996-1998 and afterward studied with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway. In 2001, along with her husband Hans-Peter Szameit, she founded Pantura Studios in the United States where together they taught a growing group of students who came from across the country and abroad. In early 2006 they moved to Stockholm, Sweden and founded The Swedish Academy of Realist Art/Atelier Stockholm (www.atelierstockholm.se), the first school of its kind in Northern Europe. Her paintings and drawings can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.