Born in 1950 in Utah and raised in Washington state, Annette grew up drawing constantly. One of her pivotal influences was visiting the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, to see Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, on loan from the Vatican in Rome. Greatly moved from seeing this magnificent beauty, she knew she wanted to create art, too.
Annette’s formal education was from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio. She continued her art training in various workshops, sculpture with Richard MacDonald.
In 1997, Annette established BRUSHWORKS Fine Art Studio & Gallery with fellow-artists, which became a classroom, workshop, clubhouse and creative sanctuary for many students. She began designing and sculpting full-size bronze monuments, including “Saint Clare” for the Saint Clare Catholic Hospital of Weston, Wisconsin, and “The Watermaster” in Saint George, Utah.
Annette teaches, sculpts and paints commissions in her studio, focusing primarily on sculpture. Using oil base clay, she creates figurative pieces for bronze. She welcomes visitors to her home studio, and would love to discuss art with you anytime.
“Dr. Andrew Barnum, Father of Biology” full size monument for Dixie State College, St. George, Utah
“The World is Mine,” invited to show in Art in Public Places, Sheridan Wyoming
“In the Garden” Best of Show, Bronze. Dixie State University Sears Invitational Art Show
Presenter at Southern Utah University Art Insights and Keynote speaker for “The Business of Art”, Dixie State University in Kanab, Utah
Keynote speaker and 2014 judge for Dixie State University Sears Invitational Show
Dixie State University Sears Show, annual art event: Purchase Award, “The World is Mine”. (One placed in the library, one was given to donor.)
Dedication of new bronze monument, "With Liberty and Justice for All", Washington County Justice Center, St. George, Utah.
Dixie State College presenter for "The Business of Art" and "Career Days" Seminars.
Springville Arts Commission dedication of "Duet, Mary & Martha" and placement at City Hall, permanent outdoor exhibit, Springville, Utah.
Dixie State College Sears Show, annual art event: 1st place sculpture, "Rite of Spring."
"Duet, Mary & Martha", 40" 1/2 life-size Purchased by the LDS Church.
Springville Museum of Art, Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, "Director's Award" and purchase award, "Duet, Mary & Martha" 40" 1/2 life-size.
LDS Church International Art Competition, "Duet, Mary & Martha", 40" 1/2 life-size.
Art Around the Corner, "Duet, Mary & Martha" 40" 1/2 life-size.
6" Bronze sculpture of a child chosen to represent The Thrasher Research Fund.
Life–size monument for Santa Clara City Building, "The Volunteer" to commemorate the floods of 2005.
Life–size monument for Santa Clara River and Virgin River Flood Relief Committee. "The Sandman", placed in Saint George Downtown Square to commemorate the floods of 2005.
Awarded "Best of Show" for bronze sculpture, "Duet, Mary & Martha", 20" Maquette-size. American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ.
Dr. & Mrs. Ammon Strehlow, Mr. & Mrs. David Watson, Dr. and Mrs. Ray Richards, Dr. and Mrs. Craig Booth, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hlavka, and many others. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commissioned 2 paintings for permanent exhibit at the St. George Tabernacle. Dixie State College commissioned a painting for their permanent collection, "Dixie College Building". Two bronze monument sculptures commissioned for the cities of Saint George, Utah, and Santa Clara City, Utah.
Invited to serve on committee to begin annual outdoor exhibit, "Art Around the Corner"; subsequently, new bronze work shows in this exhibit every year.
"Saint George Museum of Art Meet the Artist" for many children of the local school district.
Served on the Saint George Visual Arts Committee. Painted for publication, "The Washington Dam n the Virgin River" for the Legacy Project, Saint George Visual Arts Committee
Juried into Richard MacDonald Masters Figurative Sculpture Workshop.