I am the owner of The Art of Laughin Annie, which I started in February 2012 as an online initiative to sell my artworks, jewellery and clay creations mainly through my Etsy store and more recently from my website!</p><p>I returned to oil painting around 2021, initially took classes at VAS with various teachers, then started oil painting in my studio whilst exhibiting and continuing to sell my mixed media works both online and offline.
It is fantastic for people to see my work in brick and mortar exhibitions. It makes me really happy for people to actually see my work up front. I am always working. Seven days a week. Way more than 9-5 daily. Making art is my full time occupation - or rather it is essential for me to create, so making art is really my way of life. It's not all about the sales.
To make life a little more challenging, I am living with two autoimmune conditions (psoraisis and Hashimoto's), the latter was full blown before it was correctly diagnosed last year. Getting back to my art and staying focussed on creating - is what ultimately gave me the grit to pull through the significant challenges of 2022. I am grateful that 30 years of Reiki practice, with two Reiki Master accreditations under my belt also assisted me no end!
Focussed forward, I am enjoying my time working on the many creative projects I currently have in progress.
VAS 9x5 Exhibition 2023
VAS Autumn Select Exhibition 2023
VAS Autumn Select Exhibition 2022
Pushing the Boundaries Exhibition
VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition
VAS Summer Exhibition
VAS Regional Victorian Visions Exhibition
VAS Pop Up Exhibition: One Out of the Box - my mixed media painting sold
VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition - my mixed media work sold before the opening event
VAS Summer Exhibition
Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Exhibition - sold three out of six still life mixed media paintings
VAS Art School and Tutor Exhibition
Brunswick Street Gallery 50 Squared Exhibition - sold one out of two still life paintings
Art Aid Gippsland 2020 Gippsland Bushfire Benefit Exhibition and Auction - both of my clay hamsas sold in the live auction
Bachelor of Education (Arts & Crafts) Melb with Majors in Fine Arts Painting/Studies in Eastern Arts and Culture. Minor in Metalcraft (Jewellery Making)
Fully accredited Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner 30+ years
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.