Infected By Art Book - Volume 5

Annette Hassell

Member Since December 2014

Artworks Selected for IBA 5

Artist bio:
 I grew up in the wonderfully spooky city of New Orleans. My mom told me that I drew before I talked. I don't know about that, but I do know that while other kids were running about in the fresh air, I was huddled inside, first reading then trying to illustrate the stories that I loved.

 After graduating from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. , I immediately began working as a Mardi Gras float designer/ painter. I worked on my own paintings here and there, but didn't really decide exactly what it was that I wanted to paint until I moved to Los Angeles in 1996. There I started painting and showing the still lifes, portraits and other work that I do today.

 The influences on my work are many, and include the beautiful backgrounds that I saw in early Disney animations ( in particular Gepetto's toy shop in Pinocchio) , the Pre-Raphaelites, the macabre cartoons of Gahan Wilson, all of the classic illustrators of children's literature, and the wonderful paintings of  Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and Donald Roller Wilson.

 I get inspiration for my subjects from stories, games, phrases, or sometimes just from looking at a particularly personable toy. I adore Film Noir, and all the early black and white horror films, and I confess to developing my love of dramatic shadows and lighting from obsessive viewing of the same.


Name: Annette Hassell 
Joined: December 2014

By day, I'm a scenic artist-which means that I paint sets for t.v.shows, and backdrops for plays, and other things that other people have designed. It's nice to make a living painting anything, admittedly, but whenever I can, I do my own artwork, from my own ideas.

I paint still lifes ( well...kinda), and portraits (of creatures animal and human) and I love to paint illustrations of my own stories, which so far, exist only in my mind.


Location: Los Angeles, CA USA

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