Profile

Annie’s work is based around the idea of the evolving landscape, both rural and urban. She explores the interplay between different elements of an image and experiments with scale, volume and colours, using cuts and collages to reduce, increase or simply play with some aspects of reality. She sees her role as being to transform what is real, re-inventing features of iconic images.


She finds the constant change and momentum that dominate urban life particularly exhilarating, and enjoys the variety of colour, culture and history that city life affords; it is as much what she describes as the ‘urban buzz’ as the architecture that she paints. Running parallel to this, she also creates landscapes in a semi abstract style, which feature plants, flowing water and flowering trees; her aim here is to revert to a more natural state, bringing nature back into cities and to place people within a natural world with no boundaries.


Born in Le Havre, Normandy, France, Annie studied art there and then in Montmartre in Paris from a young age. She later moved to London where she attended Kensington and Chelsea College before graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She has been a professional artist ever since, exhibiting and selling her stunning mixed media images across the UK, and her ever growing group of collectors includes British actor Duncan Duff and high profile financier Joachim Gottschalk. Her work is also held in the Central Saint Martins Museum Collection.


Annie has a huge love of French art; Monet’s paintings in particular mean a lot to her. Her favourite is ‘Impression au Soleillevant’ as it portrays the port of Le Havre where impressionism was born and where Annie herself lived as a child. She remembers contemplating the “melting and changing colours of the harbour from early morning to twilight.” She is an avid admirer of Henri Matisse for his use of bright colours, cuts and collages, and is interested in the Arte Povera movement for their unconventional use of materials such as earth or newspaper. She works with a combination of contrasting materials, organic or synthetic, and over the years has learnt a great deal about the intrinsic qualities of materials and textures, and the ways in which they can work together.


Travelling is one of Annie’s great passions, but although she has visited many striking landscapes around the world it is the iconic cities – London, Paris, New York – that she finds herself returning to again and again to paint. Her recent work has been inspired by recent trips to Tate Modern and the uniquely dramatic view of St Paul’s Cathedral it offers.


“I am a daydreamer and let my imagination flow. I can be inspired by street life, publicity signs, people around me, films, books, the colour of the sky, the shade of blue of the ocean, a tree leaf, the shadow of a building, a conversation… My influences come from the environment where I live and the places I have visited. Although I live in the city I remain very close to nature and my art reflects this interaction between nature and the city.”