Art Bio

Annette Peterson is an oil painter who has both studio and plein air approaches to her practice.

Annette Peterson, born in Stavanger, Norway, is a practice-led oil painter who 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. Peterson finds art vital because it can communicate those day to day moments often overlooked but significant. 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 from 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 completed an Honours in Fine Arts at Curtin University Peterson and was selected, among other exhibitions, to exhibit at the 2019 Bunbury Biennale, the Minnawarra Art Award and the Royal Show Art Award. She won the Joondalup Art Award for most outstanding Artwork for 2019 and completed a Fine art Residency at Curtin University, investigating digital film and painting.

In 2020, Peterson has been the recipient of a Digital Art’s Grant from the City of Melville and has been selected into the City of Joondalup 2020 Invitation Art Award. Having completed an Artist Residency in Fremantle Art Centre, she is working in her studio at Heathcote Cultural Centre, preparing for the Bunbury Biennal, a residency at Mundaring Arts Centre and an exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery for 2021.



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.


2020 Popular Choice, John Villars Outback Ar 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







Padbury, Western Australia.