Annette Ellingwood received her formal art education at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, the University of Illinois, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors and a Master of Arts, and continued her formal studies with workshops at Savannah College of Art and Design. Annette has also studied with Cedric and Joanette Egeli and John de la Vega. She has taught painting, drawing, photography and art history for 9 years and has been an art consultant for a school district. Her illustrations have been published in books and magazines.
Coming from a family with a rich artistic history, Annette was encouraged to pursue her most outstanding talent, portraiture. She began studying portraiture formally in 1976. She has studied the great masters, including copying masterpieces. But more than technique is required for a beautiful portrait."Empathy is an important quality for a portrait painter", she states. Her paintings go far beyond a likeness, capturing the spirit of the individual with sensitivity and insight. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo, local and national shows and her paintings hang in private collections in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York and North Carolina. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America.
In 1999, Annette Ellingwood received a Finalist Award in the national Artists Magazine Portrait competition.