Hi there, my name is Annalisa Agresta and I am the artist behind Annalisa Fine Art. I am based in Australia. I have always loved art since a child, I especially love to paint and create things with my hands.
While my life took me on my journey, I never took up art seriously. After school, I travelled to Italy - what a beautiful country! As a child I lived in Italy in a beautiful small village surrounded by the countryside - hills, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and snow - I loved the snow! I remember my father coming into our room waking us up and asked us to look outside the window. I was so stunned by the beautiful view from our fourth-floor apartment building. Everything was completely white! While I was gasping with joy I asked my father what it was. While he was explaining it to me, my mum quickly helped me to dress with the warmest of clothes - too excited, I ran down the stairs and jumped into the snow, it was the best thing ever!
Anyway, after returning to Australia, I finished school and went to University. After completing my degree in Business, I then moved to the city and it certainly was a challenging time for me. I worked in the higher education sector for 15 years, but I never felt fully satisfied, something was missing and I felt miserable. I eventually had a nervous breakdown and struggled to live my life to my fullest.
One day, while walking around the shopping mall I noticed a small corner shop displaying colourful artworks and a girl painting. The shop was selling Paint-by-Numbers, I loved them. So I bought a few; I loved painting them and seeing my completed work. They looked great. I knew then that this is what I wanted to keep doing - paint.
After 5 years, I wanted to do my own thing as I felt a little restricted with the Paint-by-Numbers. So, I went online and found lots of tutorial/classes that I started to follow and learn from.
After another challenging time in my life, I opened my own home-based business and forgot about painting for a while.
Within the last two years, while my business venture was slowing down, I decided and knew it was time to take my passion and love of art seriously. I felt I needed further help to refine my skills and techniques to pursue my new career goals - this is when I decided to study a Bachelor of Visual Art while creating beautiful work in my studio. So, here I am - starting on an exciting art journey that I look forward to sharing with you and hope you can support me on the way by letting your family, friends and colleagues know about me.
From your friendly artist