Beyond the page, illustration has a life of its own – a beginning, a middle – ever evolving there is no end but story. The possibilities of interpretation, as unique as the illustrator, offer a connection with words and the spaces between them ©Annmarie Scott, 2017
I have always had a love of story and of making things with my hands. I went to Art College, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration and began work – first as a freelance Commercial Artist (in Advertising) and then as Artist in Residence in a country town junior school in Central Western Queensland. The later instilling my artwork with a sense of place and space that I still aspire to.
For the next fifteen years, I illustrated children’s picture books and fiction covers for publication in Australia and New Zealand. During that time I also returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate in Digital Imaging. My illustrations have been exhibited Nationally – in public and private collections, Galleries, Libraries and Literature Centres.
Above: ©Annmarie Scott illustrations from children’s picture book “In My Father’s Room” written by Gary Crew
In recent years I have also enjoyed the sculptural qualities of three dimensional design, working with wax and precious metal. And I’ve re-visited painting on silk. It’s part of my process, working across different media – one informs and inspires another – so I’m always exploring creative possibilities.
Above left: ©Annmarie Scott sterling silver tiny house bead – hand carved in wax & cast by the lost wax method. Above right: brush and ink home logo ©Annmarie Scott
Today – when I’m not working with pencil, brush, digital paintbox, or sewing machine – I write poems and short stories for publication as a regular contributor to literary magazines for children.
Countless, dedicated hours go into the creation, the design, the making of any original artwork – and with illustration, it’s additional preparation for print. But it’s always a joy. And for me it’s all about story.
Experimenting with mixed media and wearing different hats is part of my creative process. It’s the way I work.