We had the good fortune of connecting with Annette Palmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Annette, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My art is all about connection and communication across distance when we can’t be together, this has applied to everyone in this years pandemic circumstances, where it’s been difficult, or impossible even to spend time even with direct family, neighbors and friends. My paintings tell us that we’re all still connected, we’re all under the same sky, all on the same earth, despite distance. 

Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. 
My work is about journeys. I relocated from my native Scotland many times before settling in Texas in 2006, moving brings with it a feeling of uncertainty and excitement, adapting to a new culture and way of life, making new connections whilst trying to maintain existing ones. It’s also about the emotional journeys we have within ourselves, everyday challenges and decisions we have to deal with, and how we cope with them. I’ve always painted but was previously in the fashion industry before I surrendered to painting full time, occasionally I use fabrics and sewing in some of my pieces. I like the textural quality they add to my work. Over the years I’ve also taught art to both children and adults, which was fabulous fun! I’ve learned that art is a journey full of experimentation, discoveries and joy!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In non pandemic times I regularly have family and friends visiting from overseas, my favorite places to take them would include – Glade Gallery in The Woodlands, not only a wonderful art gallery, but a great place for drinks, live music and cultural events! The Hummingbird Cafe also in The Woodlands, for fabulous lunch with a British flair. Jaspers on Market St or Tris on Waterway Square for gorgeous food and cocktails! Artfeel in The Woodlands is a quarterly gathering of creative minds and admirers! A fun night out too. Depending on the time of year a trip to Round Top for Antiques week, which also has some great art. The Waterway Arts Festival! Feliz Interiors would be a must visit in Houston, a fantastic showroom full of art, antiques, jewelry, etc. I also love Jubilee in the Heights for a great selection of cowboy boots and fun fashion! Galveston, it’s the inspiration for many of my seascapes, so a trip to the beach and the town would be in order.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big Thank You goes to my family for being very supportive and encouraging during my ongoing artistic journey, they are both inspiration for my work and my best critics, it couldn’t happen without them!

Website: www.annettepalmerart.com
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Image Credits
Derrick Bryant

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