“My aim is to create artwork that helps us all feel love and joy, see the bigger picture and the natural flow of life so that we all may dance in harmony together, be mindful of mother earth and each other, and know the Divine Oneness we truly are.”
Welcome! I am Annie b, an artist living in Cornwall with my husband
and son, painting art from the heart. I hope you enjoy browsing my creations
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My journey so far...
Spiritual art expression was something I first became aware of when I was growing up in Yorkshire in a big family (and one that didn’t always
communicate, especially on an emotional level). I always loved to escape
into my own inner world of magic and wonder by way of drawing and
painting, which I believe I began at a very young age.
I have very happy
memories of me and my sisters proudly holding art exhibitions in our
sunny yellow playroom, encouraged by my step Uncle Terry.
At this young
age, everything is possible without judgement, and we are free to play
After school in West Yorkshire I went on to attend
Wakefield College of Art doing a graphic design diploma which I loved
- although it wasn’t my first choice and definitely not the free flowing
creative fine art course, of just being able to paint and create.
skills were learned on layout and type fonts, skills that I still use
today, so now I realise it was all part of my journey to professional
artist and illustrator.
My life journey then took me up to
London, to Ealing College of Art, to study visual communication. However the college and the content of the course failed to inspire me, and
compared to my previous college the lectures were slow and not half as interesting
as the music and culture of thriving London in the 90’s!
It was then I
left college and side tracked into successful careers in advertising,
the music business and television, working all around the world.
However successful though, city life was not for me, despite my love of
the music and culture, but there was simply not enough nature - and the
city starry skies were dimmed by the pollution.
However my journey of
who I am really did begin in London, not at the art college, but
inspired by the music and the bands I used to go see, especially one
band called ‘Southern Death Cult’ and their lead man, Ian Astbury who
really connected me with my Native American origins.
As I watched him
sing in his native breast plate and feathers, something stirred
inside....I recognised the ceremony, and the warrior in myself and the
deep relationship I had with the earth and the native respect for the
animals who walk upon her nurturing face.
I longed to go to the
reservations and experience this beautiful culture for myself, so that
is what I did, setting out on a world trip. As part of my world trip I
spent time on the Hopi and Navaho reservations and had some incredible
experiences as I was allowed to be witness to the sacred dance for rain
by the Hopi’s, and talk to their ancient people.
My journey also took
me to the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and India, to Australia and to the
Aborigine Elders, where I learned one night by the fire from a wise
elder… “we have to find our own religion, who we really are…” which
really opened me up to my own soul journey and spiritual practice, which
I incorporate into my art today.
On my return to London, I constantly felt the urge to escape the concrete
city and travel the world further, to see the starry skies, the curve of
the earth and the tropical plants and animals. I yearned to discover
more new cultures and landscapes their people and their spiritual
practices so off I went to Asia and discovered the importance of
On returning to England nearly a year later,
I had my first ‘healing experience’ whilst on an aromatherapy massage
course. As I massaged, heat and energy began to flow from my hands and I
felt the presence of other beings working with me. To develop this
further, I joined a psychic circle ran by an amazing lady called
Gwyneira in West London, and also got a diploma in spiritual healing and
As my spiritual awareness grew my love of London
dwindled. At every opportunity I left London on a quest… to visit the
temples of Thailand and the enormous golden Buddha’s. Then on to Sri
Lanka for more temples, meditation and inspiration. Then back to my beautiful
India where I felt a huge connection and visited many times, and to a
Tibetan Buddhist retreat in France.
London was no longer for me as I yearned to live by the ocean… and closer to nature. So in 1998 I gave up my celebrity parties and media world and moved to Cornwall, which I felt strongly drawn to at this time, and now, was (and still is) very much my spiritual home, as my inner voice called out for my creativity to be re-awakened, and my soul to be amongst the beauty of mother earth.
It was here I began painting again..in beautiful Cornwall
with its rugged coves, wild aqua and turquoise ocean and crashing waves.
The smell of the seaweed, the cry of the gulls, the open spaces and
curve of the earth on the horizon..the wild winds and the sideways
trees, I loved it all.
“Allow nature to teach you stillness. Listen to her while she speaks to us of the great stillness in which all wisdom is contained.” Eckart Tolle.
Stillness Speaks. The need
to be still, tune into my heart, my soul, the real me. The spiritual,
creative me I had pushed down in London. As I walked along the beaches
each day allowing the wild winds to blow my hair, the sea salt to
cleanse my soul, for the first time I felt like I belonged.
bought a golden retriever, Saffey, my earth angel, and trusted friend of
14 years. Together we walked the coastal paths, swam in the wild
ocean, played in the long grasses and wild flowers on the cliff tops.
watched the stars, made fires, connected with the earth and the animal
kingdom. I learnt so much from my beautiful canine friend, of play,
laughter, but most of all unconditional love.
The deeper I
travelled into this magical Celtic land of Kernow, the more I tuned into
its mystical, silent stone circles and Celtic myths and legends, I knew
I was home. A place I could find who I really was and my true purpose
I joined a spiritual circle with the amazing Elisabeth
Constantine and really began to connect with my healing powers and
angels. I began to see the world in such a magical way.. no longer as
one dimension, but on many, many levels and dimensions.
I felt a strong
connection with the angels and native guides and animals that began to
visit my studio when I painted. At first my paintings were small and
guarded but as I trusted the light beings around me, they encouraged me
to express what I felt and saw… Love, light, Oneness. A connection of
all things… a dance of life which from where I was looking included all
I began to write poetry to express this new love, this golden magical spiritual world I could now see.. Everything was alive!
Below this beautiful moonlit sky
Danced my true love And I
As we swirl And move to Mother Gaia's beat
Feel her rhythm Hear her tapping feet
Our hearts open Our spirits fly
A rainbow of light forms in the sky
All the elements come to play along
As our friend the wind Softly sings his song
Dancing Tree Spirits
A celebration of love
Dancing Tree Spirits
Blessed from the Divine above
annie b. 2003
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