Anne DeCoster is a St. Paul native whose studio sits along the banks of the Mississippi River. In the mid-1960s she studied painting with Sidney Delevante in New York. During the same period she raised four children and wrote and illustrated two children’s books that were published by Doubleday. In 1974 she continued her studies at the Instituto Allende in Mexico and in 1984 she completed her MFA at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. DeCoster has taught at Hamline University, been a visiting artist at Macalester and St. Olaf Colleges and was a resident artist at Concordia College. In 1998 DeCoster completed a major commission of six paintings for Minnesota Life in St. Paul. DeCoster spends summers at her home on the St. Croix River where the moving waters continually influence her work.