Now in her fifth decade of art practice, Annette has had a varied career spanning disciplines, media and genre. As a young artist, she depicted the prairie landscape using silkscreen printing as her medium of choice. Then in mid career, Annette became passionately involved in theatre design and followed that path for many years while still maintaining her role as an art educator. Today she works out of a studio in East Vancouver utilizing a variety of mixed painting and drawing media employing the human figure as the focus of her practice. Working both from life and from photographs, Annette seeks to expose not only that which is obvious in the sitter’s physical form, but also to explore the layering of individual narrative – the stories of experience and lives lived.
Annette’s main artistic focus utilizes the human form as imagery. In her figurative work she is primarily interested in the narratives which are at the heart of human existence. Every human being has their own story; every human body has their own unique experiences, passions, dreams and desires. This commonality of the human condition and this diversity, the dichotomy between the universal and the individual, is explored through both the layering and the exposing of figurative forms utilizing a variety of painting and drawing techniques as well as mixed media. What are our stories? What is factual and what has been eroded by memory? What is hidden? What are our secrets? Annette’s work speaks to the intricacies and layering of those narratives and how what is known or exposed to view and what is hidden from view are both reflected in the physicality of our bodies. Utilizing a variety of contrasting media – drawing ink, graphite, enamel, oil or acrylic paint, translucent mylar, watercolour paper, image transfers, etc. – she works at exposing the inner narrative of each human figure.