Annya Karina Marttinen is a Canadian freelance illustrator. She has lived in several parts of Canada, and currently lives and works in Southern Ontario. The first painting that she did when she was little was one of a rabbit. Rabbits continue to be a common element to her works. She says that her family was very supportive of her art, and this became her motivation for becoming an illustrator. She likes being able to work in Canada because she likes to work in coffee shops and forests, of which Canada has several. Marttinen says that she also likes to work near the waterfalls and flea markets around her town.
Marttinen writes that her main inspirations come from "quiet everyday moments, vintage fashion, and (her) fondness for the comfort of home". She is also inspired by the descriptions from classic books, and people from movies. She says that she likes to collect artwork from other illustrators, like Emily Martin, as well as 18th and 19th century fairytale artwork. In addition to this, she also collects vintage clothing in order to use it as inspiration for painting people from other eras.
Annya Karina Marttinen says that she listens to "Gem Club, Ben Howard, Sóley, Sea Wolf, Bon Iver, Angus & Julia Stone, First Aid Kit and the Paper Kites" when working. She says that songs with folk sounds, imagery, and poetic lyrics help her to paint.