I’ve been a craft artist for more than 30 years. From Kenosha, Wisconsin, my mother Pat was a beloved art teacher who taught students of all ages. Because of her, I was exposed to wide variety of high-quality crafts from early childhood. There were always Ceramics Monthly and American Craft magazines on the coffee table. Growing up with my mom meant regular trips to the Milwaukee Art Museum or the Art Institute of Chicago. I always say my mother was my inspiration and constant source of encouragement in my life as a craft artist, because she was!
When I moved to Chicago in 1986 I started a business called "Draw Bags by Annette." I created one of a kind applique leather and vinyl bags and accessories and sold them across the United States. My last show was the Philadelphia Museum Craft Fair in 1989. My mom went with me. We rented a van. We stayed with a young writer, Mike Walsh, in his town home. I had an incredibly successful show and I just loved Philadelphia! I stopped making bags and moved to Los Angeles at thirty years old to start jewelry.
In making jewelry, I taught myself to fuse glass and work with sterling silver. In 1991, I started making jewelry and have never stopped, selling my work across the United States at art fairs, select galleries and now online.
From 2010-present I’ve been creating a body of work in mixed media, hand-painted photographs with found objects. (Netski Art Works) I explored my visual talents that did not involve jewelry. It is an excellent exercise in color and composition and allows me to return to my jewelry making with a fresh energy.
In 2012 and 2013 I experimented with mixing fused glass with water color and framing them behind glass. Playful, colorful and fun... there are still pieces available here.