I don’t remember how I came across Anne Bannock’s website but her work instantly appealed to me. Anne was one of my ‘first response artists’. I sent an introductory email one evening explaining who I was, how Poems in the Waiting Room worked and my exhibition plans and hopes. Anne emailed the following day – Poems in the Waiting Room sounds an intriguing exhibition and I am interested in taking part. At the moment I am making collage works which are aimed to be a “snatch of time”. Looking forward to hearing from you.
I was delighted with Anne’s reply and quickly emailed her a selection of poems hoping there would be one that appealed to her. I didn’t want to lose her interest! And Anne replied – I have had trouble deciding which poem – there are so many good ones.
However, the decision has been made…….
Introducing Anne Bannock
Colouring books and crayons were my favourite Xmas and birthday gifts when I was a child in the 1940s. Later my father gave me old log books which had some unused pages. These were my drawing books for several years.
I left secondary school with a Diploma of Fine Arts preliminary, with the hope of going to Art School. However, art was not considered a useful occupation so I trained as a nurse. During my student nursing years I made a visual diary using ink and watercolour. These sketches were later reproduced in several publications about Christchurch Hospital.
Marriage, three children and dairy farming in the Waikato/King Country were busy years, but with encouragement from my husband, I was able to attend various art related workshops including an etching course tutored by Susan Flight. I eventually bought an etching press and was able to produce etchings at home as well as oil and watercolour paintings.
In 1981 we moved from our King Country farm to a lifestyle block in the Orinoco Valley near Motueka, a beautiful place with hills, rivers and mountains, and nearby beaches. There were plenty of old rustic sheds on our block and two of them – the old cowshed and the shearing shed – now serve as my studio and gallery. They are open to the public during the summer.
Over the years I have had nine creations accepted for The World of Wearable Art show and been a finalist in the Telecom phone book competition six times. Paintings have appeared in numerous solo and shared exhibitions.
In 2010 I enrolled with the Learning Connexion, an International School for Art and Creativity. I joined the Honours class as a part-time distant delivery student and have now started the Advanced course -level 7. Since starting the course I have become interested in more abstract ideas and enjoy working with mixed media using watercolour, acrylic, soft pastels, charcoal, fabric and found objects. Although I still work in an illustrative style I am enjoying searching for the essence of a subject to produce an abstract result.
If you’d like to see more of Anne’s art have a look here