I love the feeling of exhilaration when trying something new and the journey each artwork takes as I respond intuitively to the often spontaneous, happenings on the surface.
And while I have always been captivated by the creative process, intellectual challenge, and spontaneity of watercolour, my interest in an array of mediums, application processes and surfaces is growing.My recent work continues to evolve and most recently reflects a fusion of both recognisable and abstract imagery. I enjoy a variety of mixed media including collage, monotype, drawing and painting, sometimes within the same painting
While my teaching usually focuses on traditional drawing and painting as important foundational skills for beginner artists, I strongly encourage my more experienced students to develop their unique interpretation and style.Fear can be the greatest obstacle to artistic growth and often trying something outside of our comfort zone can result in wonderful discoveries.
Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.
Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend
Studio Set Up for Art Production
Shows and Exhibits
Artist Statement & CV
“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
Deb Nicolaisen, Emerging Artist
Annette gives so much information and is encouraging us to try and explore different styles while applying the elements of design.
Annette is an outstanding mentor. She is guiding each mentee towards their individual end goals.
Annette’s wealth of information and teaching style are wonderful. I learn so much every session.
Annette’s knowledge of the fundamentals of art is as deep as the ocean!
Annette Raff is are helping me so much to look more at what I need to see before I start painting/drawing.
Annette always is so generous with her knowledge and her critiques of our work. I learn so much every session. She also has an uncanny ability to give me the exact next bit of learning that I need to move forward.
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Next session: March 19, 2024
On the 3rd Tuesday of every month 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT Tue
Annette Raff is an Australian artist living on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Annette works as a professional artist, operating as a successful art practitioner, teacher, competition judge and mentor for the past 26 years; teaches weekly art classes; and conducts workshops partnering with industry, educational and community sectors.
With a Bachelor of Fine Art and an Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, she teaches a variety of subjects and mediums, including, watercolour, mixed media, and drawing, Annette balances her busy schedule of work as an art tutor with her personal artistic development.
"Creating art is never far away from my mind and seemingly ordinary subjects can inspire me.It is often the play of light, shadow and shape that attracts me and therefore my subject matter varies".
Annette's work is displayed in private collections in Australia and Europe, won numerous art awards and art prizes; judged competitions; been published in Australian Artist, International Art Magazine, The Artist Magazine and Art/Edit.