Annie started painting in 1989. Largely self-taught, she began by attending tutored workshops and then progressed by continual experimental work in her studio to develop an expertise and style of her own.
Although her introduction to painting was in the use of watercolours, soft pastels soon became Annie's preferred medium. The strong pigments and immediacy of pastels appealed to her love of bold colour and spontaneous method of working. She then began using acrylics and found that their unique versatile properties were ideal for experimentation and a range of different techniques. By combining the use of acrylics and soft pastels it was possible to create heavily textured, interesting effects. She now works mainly with acrylic paints and mixed media, and strives to work instinctively, allowing the painting to evolve. Always motivated by strong colour, Annie believes the subject matter is secondary to colour, texture and design.