From Paris to Philly
French-American, Annabel is a Mixed Media Artist living in Philadelphia (USA). She grew up in Normandy (France), where she discovered a boundless passion for drawing in all its forms. Her family often said, “She must have been born with a pencil because we have always seen her drawing!” Then, pushed and supported by her art teacher at school, she continued her growth as an artist at the Beaux-Arts School in her native city, where she was able to develop and strengthen her skills and techniques and collaborate with other art students.At the time she seems to embrace an artistic career, her pragmatism will tell her to take the path to a career in the Financial Industry. However, her passion for Art is too strong and leads her back to Beaux Arts de Paris (Fine Art School) when she moves to Paris for her career. Following a passionate art teacher and making nude models, she started learning what continues to drive her today : ‘’Shapes, Feminism and Contrasts’’. This latest discipline guided her to sculpture and clay, where she could free her mind and follow her burning inspiration. After spending many years in Paris and absorbing its elegance and modernity, Annabel found herself packing her luggage to move to the USA with her family. A new life started, and with it, new challenges. This became a time to reinvent herself and embrace new opportunities. It then became obvious to her that the way forward in this new country lay in pursuing her true nature and passion : ART! The famous French writer, Albert Camus, once said “Creating, it is living twice!” and this is what Annabel is accomplishing today, through her distinctive ‘’Visual Art’’ paintings. Being always inspired by Pop Art, Fashion and travels, she shapes volumes and colors to create avant-garde 3D artwork converging painting and sculpture. She is constantly seeking surprising effects and textures by incorporating unexpected materials such as Swarovski crystals or feathers into her paintings. "I like to surprise and to find each subject’s unique details!" said Annabel. She also aims to bring a creative approach along with an environmental consciousness using various recycled materials such as aluminum from Nespresso caps or glass to name a few!
Her attention to details, craftmanship coupled with Upcycling techniques has led to singular and radiant creations defining her artistic identity!
"Philadelphia versus Paris"
Skyline painted on canvas by Annabel P.