Art With Heart
Hello, I'm Annie, the creative force behind the vibrant world of bird-inspired art you'll discover here. I'm delighted to share a bit about myself and the passion that fuels my work.
Embracing the Unexpected Artistry
My journey into the world of art was quite the unexpected adventure. Believe it or not, just three years ago, I had never even owned a sketchbook, let alone picked up a paintbrush. It all began when a chance encounter at a local cafe changed the course of my life.
One fateful day, a kind lady noticed a photo of my second painting on my phone while serving me. To my surprise, she couldn't believe it wasn't a photograph! This chance encounter sparked a creative fire within me, leading to an extraordinary opportunity. She asked if I could grace her walls with my artwork, and I eagerly accepted.
From 10 to 20: Art Meets Bird Love
What followed was a whirlwind of creativity and enthusiasm. Those ten paintings I hung in her cafe? They all found new homes. Inspired by the beauty of nature and dear friend's dog, my art journey was born. While I explored various animals, I found myself drawn more to birds than anything else. That initial success led to 20 paintings sold in my very first year.
From Canvases to Murals
As my artistic journey continued to unfold, it took me to new heights—literally. I began adorning city walls with breathtaking bird murals. These larger-than-life artworks not only brighten urban spaces but also raise awareness for the conservation of these magnificent creatures.
A Family Legacy
My love for art and nature runs deep in my family. I discovered that my grandmother was also an artist who began her artistic journey in her 70s, creating and selling beautiful paintings and creations. She became a local hero, even to this day I am still discovering where more of her art is located and her creative spirit continues to inspire me!
Additionally, I stumbled upon over a dozen cassette tapes recorded by my grandfather, featuring captivating bird call recordings! Also just as inspiring!
Their love for nature and art has woven itself into my own journey, fueling my passion to create art that celebrates our planet's incredible biodiversity.
LORNA MCILLREE oil on canvas
It has been amazing journey discovering Nanna's artworks all over Australia, her impasto work - just amazing! She loved painting landsacapes, especially after a trip her and Granddad took around Australia with a caravan in the 1970s. Can you imagine how many more birds, wildlife and trees were around then? They had the time of their lives.
A Fusion of Art and Nature
Today, my art journey has evolved into a fusion of vibrant bird art, fine art, and a collection of delightful cards and more. Whether you're a bird lover, searching for your favorite bird species in art, or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, there's something for everyone here.
Explore, Enjoy, and Conserve
Explore my gallery of bird-inspired art and discover the joy of bringing these winged wonders into your home or office. From fine art pieces to charming cards, each creation captures the essence of our feathered friends and supports the vital cause of bird conservation.
I'd love to hear from you! Whether you're a fellow bird enthusiast, an art lover, or someone passionate about conservation, please feel free to reach out. Let's share our love for nature and art. Thank you for joining me on this artistic and conservation journey.
Thank You for Your Support
I'm deeply grateful for your interest in my work and your commitment to the cause. Together, we can paint a brighter future for our feathered friends and the world we share.