Wilkinson, Anne

Anne is an artist, illustrator and an award-winning writer and journalist. She has lived in the Cassowary Coast for nearly 10 years.

Anne studied illustration at St Martin's School of Art in London, gaining National Diploma of Design. She has illustrated numerous books as well as her own writing and columns, including columns in The Weekend Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Woman's Day and New Idea. Her first book, which she illustrated, "Up Country, Portraits of Rural Australia", was included in the NSW Government's wedding present to Prince Charles and Lady Diana. A painting by Anne was a winner in the inaugural Hinchinbrook Art Prize and her work is represented in Tully Library.

Anne specialises in drawing and painting animals, including pet portraits, and drawn or watercolour landscapes.

She and her journalist husband Lawrie Martin are dedicated environmentalists and their "Land for Wildlife" property "Jinjila" is the inspiration for their weekly Wildwatch column in The Tully Times. Currently, they are involved, with Wildlife Queensland, in work to halt the decline of the endangered and very localised mahogany glider, only relatively recently rediscovered.

Anne takes commissions for art work and illustrations as well as for writing, including some books.

Her smallest book "Sketching made Easy" illustrates her belief that everyone can draw and contains helpful tips from her art school days. It is for sale in the gallery, cost just $6.50.

Anne's artwork is often fairly small, about quarto size, so it can fit in anywhere, though of course larger works can be commissioned. She has even painted a mural in a hospital!

She has always drawn and painted. It is an adventure, she says.