Annie Everingham is an artist and designer based in Newcastle, NSW. An intuitive and colour drive creative, Annie combines a love of textile design, textures and abstract patterns to encapsulate the elements of beauty found in everyday life, creating dreamy contemporary artworks using acrylic, links and oil pastels.
What inspired your latest artworks being showcased at the Spring Exhibition?
At university, I majored in textile design and illustration and wrote my honours dissertation about the significance of flowers in art and design history. I've always been drawn to botanicals as an overriding theme and deconstructing floral elements in an abstract way. I typically use a lot of colour in my work and am often lead by that to weave a story within my abstract work. With this collection of paintings there is an element of moodiness as well. I love the cusp of Winter and Spring, it's such a diptych of energy.
How has your work evolved over time?
My style and inspiration are always evolving, I have so much learning to undertake. At 29, I've only been painting for the past 5 years seriously, and I'm always pushing myself to experiment and define what it is I want to put out into the world. I think coming from a design background has challenged me in that we're trained to be incredibly versatile and shift our direction to suit a client or brief. I still work across a few different disciplines within my creative business, so I look forward to focusing more and more on painting and how I can refine my practice solely as an artist. I think my colour palette has become more refined over time, and I enjoy experimenting with my materials and adding depth and layers to my work.
What inspires and motivates you to create everyday?
I've always been obsessive about creating and completely glued into the visual world around me. I've been drawing, collaging, painting and pursuing a creative path for as long as I can remember. Flowers and the natural world, fashion, colour, pattern and photography as well as the interior design world are all sources of inspiration for me. It feels intrinsic for me to be constantly consuming beautiful imagery and surrounding myself with interesting things to look at, and that drives my need to create. Having said that, being an artist full time certainly takes some discipline and sometimes it can be a push if your inspiration or creative 'switch' has taken the day off.
What is the creative process in producing one of your body of works?
I usually create a mood board of visual images to give me a starting block in terms of colour and atmosphere. I jump straight in by laying down some base layers of colour onto several large canvases, and slowly building on these layers over weeks of time, letting the process intuitively take its course and working on smaller works or studies in between. For this collection I filled my studio with fresh flower stems every week to paint from which fed into my colour choices and some of the floral references you will see in the works.
How do you spend your time when you’re not creating artworks?
My partner and I recently bought our first home, which we're slowly working on, and we also run a property staging and furniture hire business - so between those two things and getting my studio time in, 2018 has been pretty chaotic! On the weekends, I love eating out, taking long walks and being in the sunshine or close to the water. I also have a long list of travel destinations on my bucket list to fulfil and will be catching some sun in Croatia and Spain while the exhibition is running!
What artist, past or present, has inspired you?
Past - John William Waterhouse, and present, Idris Murphy.