I taught myself calligraphy and illuminated lettering for a school holiday project and won a few art awards at local art shows.
However, in 1984, when my husband was overseas for six months and both children were at university, my love of art was rekindled.
I have attended courses at Roseville Art Centre, the summer and winter schools in Toowoomba and Bathurst, and was a member of the Hornsby Art Society.
I have won various art awards over the years, and have won awards for embroidery and toy and doll making at the Royal Easter and Castle Hill Shows.
After retirement and moving to Leura, I joined the Society of Mountain Artists and the Blackheath Art Society, both of which are a source of new friends, new ideas, and incentives to explore all areas of painting.
The various media I have used: Acrylic and watercolour painting, embroidery, fabric wall hangings (there is one behind me in the photo), Pokerwork (burning patterns into wood) and Doll making.
Recent publications include books of my original watercolour paintings of Katoomba and Lithgow.Anna can be contacted at this email address.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2021 and the Blue Mountains were included in the Greater Sydney lockdown, Leura suddenly lost its overseas tourists, the Sydney tourists and the holidaymakers. Only essential workers could go to work and many people lost their jobs. The elderly were advised to stay home and only go shopping for essentials. Families could not visit their relatives and visitors were not allowed.
As winter began and the leaves were dropping, I realised that there were no hordes of tourists, hardly any local pedestrians and almost no cars parked along the street. It would be a perfect time to photograph the buildings and paint watercolours of them. Leura has so much interesting history that I felt that I should include it with the paintings.
Then I realised that the Pandemic is a moment in history and I should add the experiences of the shopkeepers during this time as well. When Lockdown ended I interviewed as many of them as I could, to find out how they managed. Thank you all for helping me.
Original Watercolour Paintings of Katoomba St. Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.
This publication highlights many of the facades, architectural and decorative features of some of the buildings in this street as well as providing an interesting historical record of an era.
Original Watercolour Paintings of some early Lithgow Cottages. Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia.
This publication provides an interesting visual perspective on a social aspect of Lithgow, including Art Deco examples as distinct from the Industrial and Business past of Lithgow.
I made an animal alphabet book for each of the grandchildren. This time I wanted to make most of the animals more colourful to give them some eccentricity.
I gave Tessa a list of the animals and asked her to write alliterative verse to go with each one, something she was very good at.
The aim of the book is to have parents read the verses out loud to get the children used to long words, and grow up having a love of language and playing with words.
Here's some of Anna's art that while not about Blue Mountains nature, shows her considerable talent.