ABOUT LIZ ANELLI

  • Liz makes pictures using collage and printmaking as well as paint and pencils, collecting ephemera on her many travels to weave into stories. She delights in complex city scenes and is well known for her large scale illustrated maps. But most of all she loves to draw – any time, anywhere. From drawing over her dad’s electrical circuit diagram papers she graduated to documenting dinosaurs at London’s Natural History Museum and now has a ceiling-high stack of sketchbooks full of inspirations from around the world. Her passion for drawing has contributed to international research with the British Council and Big Draw.

    Liz now lives in Newcastle, Australia with her husband Mario.  

    Liz has been extensively recognised for her picture books with awards by CBCA, ASO, Illustrators Australia, Australian Society of Authors & May Gibbs Trust Fellowships. ‘Desert Lake‘ (Walker Books) shortlisted NSW Premiers Award 2017, ‘One Photo’ Penguin Random House shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of The Year 2017. ‘Ten Pound Pom’ shortlisted Picture Books of The year 2018. Liz also a Board Director of ASA and member of CBCA, regularly delivers talks and workshops with schools and contributes to festivals and conferences and reviews picture books for CBCA Reading Time. She is represented by The Children’s Bookshop & Speakers Ink Speaking Agencies and by Transatlantic Agency for her picture books.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Some of Liz’s favourite things: 

    Drawing
    SCBWI NY Conference – meeting international authors and illustrators and playing snow angels in Central Park 
    Making up visual stories with children of all ages
    Researching picture books – especially travelling the Australian Outback to experience the colours and textures for  ‘Desert Lake’ and ‘Dry to Dry’
    Painting Map murals onto a 40′ long wall
    Teaching Masai children to draw in Tanzania
    More drawing
    Liz loves to chat and share pictures online with her creative fans and friends so please find her on Facebook and Instagram

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Illustrating Newcastle

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    Hunter Lifestyle Magazine

    2014