Anita Weschler came to art inadvertently, after a teacher at her progressive school saw a sketch she drew for a project and recommended her for art classes. She studied fashion design, interior decorating, and painting before she switched her focus to sculpture. Weschler experimented with both figural and abstract art, but all of her sculpted portraits are representational. She also invented new media for painting, using plastic resins and synthetic glazes. Weschler even created "translucencies," paintings lit from behind in shadow-box frames. The artist was a lifelong resident of New York City and vacationed in scenic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, nearly every summer.