Annie Slade is an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, a member of the South Coast Pastel Society and has painted regularly with the Hornsby Art Society Portrait Group. She is Sydney based but has exhibited in galleries and art shows both in Sydney and country New South Wales. Her work has been privately hung in Tokyo, Norfolk Island, the United Kingdom and Australia. Annie Slade has been drawing and painting all her life. Early inspiration came from her father’s artistic family and his encouragement to draw. Her great grandfather was an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society. She took art as a subject at high school and learnt from the artist/potter Marguerite Maloney.
After leaving school she began her art studies at the National Art School Sydney but this was interrupted and after a long period of teaching in the Primary school sector and running after school art classes she studied at Macquarie University for her Master’s Thesis by research on progressive forms of education which often based programmes of learning on artistic expression.
After retiring she returned to art study at the Royal Art Society in Sydney and completed her Diploma there in 2014.
Working towards the RAS Diploma meant immersion in many fields of art including landscape, portrait, figure painting and drawing, still life and general drawing using a variety of media. This all encompassing experience has influenced her work and she now uses oils, acrylics, watercolour, charcoal, ink and pastel, taking her materials out of doors to sketch and paint and working in the studio as well. Her greatest love is drawing which she considers to be tantamount to her art practice.