Biography: Annette Kraft van Ermel
Annette Kraft van Ermel grew up on a tree nursery near Belle River, a small town in southwestern Ontario. In 1987 she moved to Toronto to pursue formal studies in art and in 1992 she completed her BFA at York University.
The paintings of Annette Kraft van Ermel are a quiet celebration of beauty in the small details of life - the familiar and the commonly unnoticed. Emerging through layers of oil, wax and charcoal, subjects are obscured yet still hold structure resulting in a very compelling dynamic tension. Annette's mission is to hold onto small moments of grace against the erosive passage of time.
Annette's work has appeared in Decor television programs and magazines such as Style at Home, book covers such as Steven Ehrlick's novel "The Channel", in theatre productions, and music videos such as David Bowie's Dead Man Walking. Annette has also painted creatively for television productions such as CBC's "The Rick Mercer Report", "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos" and NBC's popular reality show "Deal No Deal" with Howie Mandel. Annette's art appears in private collections in New York City, England, the Netherlands, Australia and across Canada. Annette currently lives and paints in Waterloo, Ontario.