The Red House Art Gallery hosted a reception for artist Annette Wolters on Aug. 3, with Wolters greeting art lovers with a warm smile and descriptions of the inspiration behind her work.
Art and creativity have always been central to Wolters’ life. Born in La Jolla, “The Gem of California,” she grew up in an art and nature-loving family, with her home often filled with artists and musicians.
Some were with the San Diego symphony where her mother performed, and others were friends, such as home designer and glass artist James Hubbell.
Wolters’ grandmother, aunt, and uncle were all accomplished painters, and as a child, Wolters enjoyed drawing and painting, with her earliest works taking inspiration from her interest in poetry, spirituality, and the beauty of the natural world.
At 17, Wolters received her first commissioned artwork after moving to Ashland, Oregon, and becoming a hairstylist.
After learning drawing and watercolor painting skills from local and international artists in Nevada City, she had a show at Roger’s Art Gallery. This was followed by shows at Foothill Florists and Gallery, Tyler Micoleau’s Gallery, cafés, and open studios. Wolters also continues to create art commissions.
Wolters enjoys plein air painting while she travels throughout the western United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Central America. Once, she drove from San Diego to Fairbanks, Alaska in a VW bus.
The diverse beauty of the world’s scenery and culture continue to inspire her. Wolters recently worked with a variety of other artists at the Emerson Art School in Arizona.
Currently, Wolters’ home base and studio are located in Nevada City. Wolters enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with her husband and three children, always with paints, paper and brushes in hand.