Anne Smerdon Painting Framed

Anne Smerdon Painting Framed

ANNE SMERDON: UNINVITED PICNIC GUESTS

Anne Smerdon Painting Framed: Major Mitchell Cockatoos OIL PAINTING FLOAT FRAMED IN DARK TIMBER

Anne Smerdon Painting Framed: UNIVITED PICNIC GUESTS Major Mitchell Cockatoos oIL PAINTING FLOAT FRAMED IN DARK STAINED OAK
UNINVITED PICNIC GUESTS Major Mitchell Cockatoos oIL PAINTING FLOAT FRAMED IN DARK STIMBER

ABOUT: Artist Anne Smerdon

Original text from www.annesmerdon.com.au

Anne Smerdon Painting Framed: Anne Smerdon is an Australian artist documenting the symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, particularly birds and horses.  Facebeak are her pet birds Vonnegut and Schiele. Anne has an extensive knowledge of body language and psychology in birds and horses. She uses this to work with live birds to create each of her artworks. She may spend hours with each bird, patiently waiting for them to become at ease in her presence so that she can capture their true personality.

Anne’s love for birds started from a very early age when her family purchased two small parrots as pets. They were vicious and in no way tame, yet Anne quickly became fascinated with them, studying them for school projects, recording her observations and giving presentations at school on the need to understand and protect such birds. She learnt to understand the calls of wild birds and would often find injured or sick birds and bring them home to nurture them.

In 2009 Anne brought a young exotic Indian Ringneck parrot called Vonnegut into her home. This spurred on hours of reading ornithological studies, discussions with avian vets and researching. As a result, Anne’s lifestyle, artwork and even career became synonymous with birds. Since then, Anne’s presence as a bird owner on social media has grown to over 400,000 combined followers on Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook. She has written two books The Facebeak Guide to Living with Parrots and The Facebeak Guide to Solving Parrot Problems.

Anne uses her work to advocate for birds. Each body of work has a strong social aspect, raising awareness and educating the public on protecting wild birds and/or providing for the mental, physical and emotional needs of birds in captivity. Anne regularly collaborates with bird-life organisations and donates proceeds from her work to support their charities.

Anne lives on the Gold Coast, Australia. She works in watercolour and oil paint and has exhibited both nationally and internationally, receiving various awards for her work, including:

  • 2022 finalist in the prestigious Wollumbin Art Awards

  • 2022 winner of The Doyles Still Life Award

  • 2021 winner of The Doyles Still Life Award

  • 2013 Trinity College Emerging Artist Award

  • 2013 Winner of the Element Eden Global Artist Search (Fine Art Category)

  • 6x finalist in the Border Art Prize

 

Anne also runs the The Artory art school in Kingscliff, NSW. She also teaches weekend watercolour workshops with Artable a few times a year.

CURRICULUM VITAE

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2022 Finalist – Wollumbin Art Prize, Tweed Regional Art Gallery

  • 2022 Winner – d’Arcy Doyle Art Prize, Still Life category

  • 2021 Winner – d’Arcy Doyle Art Prize, Still Life category

  • 2015 Finalist – Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Art Gallery of NSW

  • 2014 Finalist – Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Art Gallery NSW

  • 2013 Winner of Element Eden Global Artist Search, Fine Art Category

  • 2013 Winner of Emerging Artist award, Trinity Art Competition

  • 2012 Finalist – Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Art Gallery NSW

  • 2010 Finalist, Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, NSW

  • 2010 Finalist, St Sebastian’s Emerging Artist Award, QLD

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020 “‘Captive Companions’ exhibition, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, NSW

  • 2013 ‘Wild Horses’ solo exhibition, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD

  • 2012 ‘Symbiosis’ Solo Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD

 

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