ART

Portraits exploring nuances of emotion and expression, through brush strokes, line and colour

ILLUSTRATION

Telling visual stories inspired by life and imagination.

Cartoon by Annette Abolins about a dragon and a little boy
Infected Mushroom psy trance duo and Butterfly girl - colourful face illustrations by Abolina Art
Illustration by Annette Abolins

DRAWING

Ink on paper has a unique directness, which I find truly inspiring, right down to the feel of the paper and smell of ink, which allows my hands to work and mind to wander.

PLAYING CARDS

I have always been fascinated by cards, their symbolism and stories. It is a joyful and inspiring journey to illustrate tarot and playing cards, where each card and every character has a story to tell.

Tuck box and cards from VIZAGO playing cards

DESIGN

Graphic and Web Design - exploring creative solutions for visual branding and messaging

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Hello :)

I’m Annette – an artist, illustrator and designer, living and working on the East coast of Australia. On this site you will find examples of my work, spanning across traditional and digital media.

To me, art is as much about understanding life and the world around me, as it is about telling stories and making connections.

a little introduction …

I studied fine arts and ceramics at the National Art School (Australia), and art colleges in Sweden. After graduating I worked in potteries and over time set up my studio, while teaching at Newcastle Art School and exhibiting regularly. Gradually, my work shifted back to painting and drawing expanding to digital painting and design. In more recent years, I have been working in graphic & web-design, while finding time to explore my passion for illustrating tarot and playing cards.

Working as a professional artist continues to shape my direction on the ever-winding path of creating art. Alongside regular exhibitions, I illustrate cards and work on graphic & web design projects. My creative voice is to tell visual stories inspired by life, mythology and people.

Over the next few posts I will be showing my artworks from the recent group exhibition: Water Lines.

pen & ink drawing ship detail

A closer look at the illustrations for VIZAĜO playing cards, launched in 2018

pen & ink drawing ship detail

Over the next few posts I will be showing my artworks from the recent group exhibition: Water Lines.

Tall ship moored in Sydney

A post with ink and graphite drawings of ropes, a few portraits and some art noveau architecture

Tall ship moored in Sydney
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