Annika Earley spent most of her childhood in rural Switzerland but located to mid-coast Maine in 2000. She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2012 and continued on to receive her M. Phil of Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2014 and her MFA from the Maine College of Art in 2016.
When she was very young she used to take walks in the woods by her childhood home; there she found a small, shingled hut with tiny windows and a locked door. Having been raised on the stories of Grimm and Anderson, Annika was very confident that this must be a witch's house and proceeded to avoid it at all cost as she had no interest in being baked into a pie. When she returned to Switzerland for the first time after ten years, she discovered that this hut was in fact a storage shed belonging to the forestry department of her village. This experience continues to have a profound effect on Annika's work.
She now lives in southern Maine.