Annie started painting in 1989. Largely self-taught, she began by attending tutored workshops and then progressed by experimental work in her home studio to develop an expertise and style of her own.
Although her introduction to painting was in the use of watercolours, soft pastels soon became Annie's preferred medium. The strong pigments and immediacy of pastels appealed to her love of bold colour and spontaneous method of working. She then began using acrylics, finding that their unique versatile properties were ideal for experimentation and a range of different techniques; she now works exclusively with acrylics and mixed media, painting quickly and instinctively and allowing her pictures to evolve. Always motivated by strong colour, Annie believes the subject matter is secondary to colour, texture and design.
Annie began regularly selling work in local art societies and became an active committee member of Cirencester Arts Society, The Guild of Wiltshire Artists and Marlborough Artists. She was also accepted into the Society of Floral Painters, exhibiting and selling with this national group and gaining a highly commended award for a large still life study.
Art societies provided Annie with an opportunity to demonstrate her skills and she now holds regular one-day workshops in Wiltshire and beyond, during which she demonstrates different techniques and encourages participants of all levels to enjoy painting with spontaneity and passion. Many return to her workshops because they are inspired to experiment and develop their individual style in an enthusiastic, enjoyable and creative atmosphere.
Annie continues to exhibit her work in Wiltshire and Berkshire as well as participating in the Marlborough Open Studio Scheme whenever possible.