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. Starting with early years spent drawing on the backs of her dad’s electrical circuit diagram papers she graduated to documenting the 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 illustrations with awards by CBCA, ASO, Illustrators Australia, Australian Society of Authors & May Gibbs Trust Fellowships. ‘Desert Lake‘ (Walker Books) shortlisted NSW Premiers Award 2017 and ‘One Photo’ Penguin Random House shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of The Year 2017. Liz is a member of SCWBI, ASA and CBCA, regularly delivers talks and workshops with schools and contributes to festivals and conferences as well as reviewing picture books for CBCA Reading Time. She is represented by The Children’s Bookshop Speakers Agency and by Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for her picture books.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Best things ever (so far): 

    SCBWI NY conference 2017 – meeting all those international authors and illustrators and playing snow angels in Central Park 
    Finding out what pictures can be made with very little drawing skill but bags of fun – with all ages of children in our public schools
    Researching Non-fiction picture books – like drawing a 1960′s cruise ship using Maritime Museum models, photo and lots of imagination for ‘Ten Pound Pom’ –  and travelling the Australian Outback to experience the colours and textures for  ’Desert Lake’ 
    Painting Map murals onto a 40′ long wall
    Teaching Masai children to draw in Tanzania

    Liz loves to chat and share pictures online with her creative fans and friends so please find her on Facebook.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Illustrating Newcastle

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    Hunter Lifestyle Magazine

    2014