I am an observer of life. All people watch other people; it is a human response to others. Because of talents discovered early, I just happen to draw or paint or sculpt them in order to understand humanity better. I seek people and experiences that uplift and teach me. My work is traditional, representational, and usually has a spiritual theme explored through symbolism and compositional themes. I am inspired by the goodness and growth of people, and seek to portray that. I choose to focus on and elevate the positive.
Leo Fairbanks, of the outstanding Fairbanks sculpting family, wrote his artist statement many years ago as a poem, and I have taken it as my own:
Is for service;
For making things beautiful as well as useful;
For lifting man above the sordid things
that grind and depress;
To give a joyous optimism in one’s work;
To realize transitory hopes
in enduring tangible material;
To visualize ideals and to idealize realities.
I honor the gift I have been given by hard work, continuing study, and service.
Annette Whitaker Everett was raised in Spokane Washington, and from her childhood she has been an artist. Her art education started at Brigham Young University (1968–1971), the University of Utah (1971–1972), and the Art Academy of Cincinnati (1985). She continues to hone her craft through workshops and teaching in her studio. In 1997, Annette established BRUSHWORKS Fine Art Studio & Gallery with fellow-artists and friends, which became a classroom, workshop, clubhouse and creative sanctuary for their many students. Annette continues to be a teacher in her studio. She paints in pastel and oil, creating traditional and representational landscapes, portraits, and still life. Although sculpture is her focus now, Annette continues to do painting commissions.
Annette sculpts in clay, both oil base and water-base, creating figurative pieces in bronze and fired clay. She began sculpting as an assistant to L’Deane Trueblood, where she participated in the design and completion of several bronze monuments, including “Saint Clare” for the Saint Clare Catholic Hospital of Weston, Wisconsin, and “The Watermaster” in Saint George, Utah. She has three monuments in the Saint George area: “The Watermaster”, “The Sandman”, and “The Volunteer”. “Duet, Mary & Martha”, 1/2 life size of 40″ has been purchased by the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, and by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently a new bas relief bronze of a billowing American flag was installed as the official flag for Washington County Justice Center, St. George, Utah.