Annabel studied Fine Art Sculpture at Brighton University. She chose sculpture because she only seemed to be offered sculpture or painting as art options and she really can’t paint! Despite choosing sculpture her work tended to be paper-based, embossing, photography and text art. She worked for a few years making the mock-ups and models for a book design company, which didn’t offer enough money to survive. So Annabel decided to re-train as a plumber; that would allow her to afford to find time for art, right? No, life got in the way and she forgot for a good while that she is an artist who happens to be good at plumbing. A few years ago life got difficult and she remembered.
With help and encouragement from a successful printmaking friend of hers Annabel took up reduction linocuts. A reduction linocut destroys the printing plate as it is produced, so the edition of prints is limited to the initial amount. Each different colour layer is printed on top of the last by removing parts of the lino as you print each layer. It’s a laborious process which she loves.
Annabel has always produced art that deals with identity, and the 'Lost at Sea' series carries on that theme. The characters offer some information as to their identity, inviting the observer to wonder at their story and how they may have become lost.