Art Bio

Annette Peterson, born in Stavanger, Norway, is a practice-led oil painter who has both studio and plein air approaches to her practice. She utilises photography and painting techniques to facilitate both realistic and impressionistic style landscape paintings. Peterson, who grew up in Perth, is most influenced by changes in light and atmosphere on everyday suburban street scenes, especially the suburban drive.

Most recently, her work investigates the moving image in painting and digital form. Peterson began painting in 2007, after working as a journalist in the Pilbara. She won categories for painting in the Hedland Art Awards from 2007 for three consecutive years. She returned to Perth in 2010 and won the popular choice at the Joondalup Art Awards in 2012. In 2016, she received a commendation from the Head of School for Art and Design while studying a Graduate Diploma for Art and Design at Curtin University. Peterson proceeded to graduate with a Masters of Applied Design and Art, 2017, where she won the Art Award for her artwork.

In 2018, Peterson won the Celebrating Joondalup Award at the Joondalup Community Art Awards and was awarded the Overall Emerging Artist for the City of South Perth. In 2019, Peterson was the winner of the Joondalup Community Art Award and was selected to exhibit at the Bunbury Biennale, Minnawarra Art Award and the Perth Royal Art Award, amongst other exhibitions. After completing an Honours Degree at Curtin University, Peterson completed a Fine Art Residency at the University, then at Fremantle Arts Centre.  

 Peterson was selected for the City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award in both 2020 and 2021 and also the 2021 Bunbury Biennale.  Also in 2021, Peterson had her fourth solo exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and recently won the City of Stirling Art Award for her animation work. Currently, Peterson is working on-site creating plein air works for a future project, where she will continue to develop the project at a Studio Residency at NMTAFE and an exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre in 2022.



2019 BA Honours (Fine Arts), Curtin University.

2017 Masters in Applied Design and Art (Visual Art), Curtin University.

2016 Grad Certificate in Art and Design, Curtin University.

1997 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, English Literature, UWA.


2021, Overall Winner of the City of Stirling Art Award

2020, Winner of Artsource Spring Mentorship with Sandra Murray. Perth WA.

2020 Popular Choice, John Villars Outback Art Prize, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, Qld.

2019 Overall Winner, Joondalup Community Art Award.

2018 Overall Emerging Artist Award, City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award.

2018 Celebrating Joondalup Award, Joondalup Community Art Award.

2017 Art Award, Master of Applied Design and Art, Curtin University

2016 Head of School Commendation, School of Art and Design, Graduate Diploma of Design and Art, Curtin University

2012 Popular Choice Award Joondalup Community Arts Award

2009 Encouragement Award Hedland Art Awards

2008 Best Painting Hedland Art Awards

2007 Best Painting by a Pilbara Artist Hedland Art Awards





Perth, Western Australia.