Bio

Anne Camozzi creates art and writes in Nova Scotia, Canada. An early passion for the arts led her to an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University (Toronto, Canada) in 1976. While studying painting, she was one of two writing apprentices selected to work with Canadian author, W.O. Mitchell. She also worked as a stringer for Time magazine and was an art critic for the York University newspaper, Excalibur. While at York Anne studied with Governor General award winning poet Don Coles who has remained a lifelong mentor.  After graduating, she joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) as a television and radio reporter for a few years. Later, she moved to Nova Scotia and earned a Masters in Adult Education at Saint Francis Xavier University. While raising two children, Anne became an award winning, international environmental education consultant, and later, a university senior administrator.

A facilitator, writer and educator throughout her life, she has presented widely on many topics including environmental education, sustainable communities, nature and creativity, as well as art and pain management. As an environmental consultant, Anne wrote numerous manuals and papers and co-authored several books. In addition to this more technical writing, she works on poetry, fiction and journaling and has done so throughout her life. More details can be found in the writing section of this website.

In 2003, illness forced Anne to slow her fast-paced lifestyle and on the advice of her physiotherapist, she began using drawing as a distraction from pain. Picking up a paint brush for the first time in over 25 years, she soon regained the passion for art she had as a young woman, discovering a talent for paintings on silk, based on the French Serti method and began a full time studio practice.

Her art has been commissioned by Feed Nova Scotia, the Peoples’ Place Library, NS Easter Seals, QEII Hospital Foundation, QEII Hospital Pain Management Unit, Aids Coalition NS and the North American Highland Dancing Championships, among others. She has done numerous private commissions, including art for offices of professionals with healing practices, and for individuals with cancer or in palliative care. Her art is in private collections in Canada, Europe, India, Asia and the United States, and in public collections in Nova Scotia. She has exhibited in group shows at St.Francis Xavier University Art Gallery and Lyghtesome Gallery and in Ontario, as well as in a solo show at the J. Franklin Wright Gallery in Nova Scotia.

Integrating her lifelong interests, she is currently working on several projects involving writing and art, while enjoying family and grandchildren, and remaining engaged in social justice projects.

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Art Publications

2016, 2015. Colouring Antigonish. Arts Health Antigonish colouring book

2017, 2015, 2010, 2009, 2006. Calendar artist in the Ministry of the Arts Annual Calendar, day planner, and cards. In 2009 art in meditation book on The Universe Story. Illinois, USA

2008. Calendar published by GAPACC (Guysborough Antigonish Pictou Arts and Culture Council)

2008 (Summer). Cover Artist. Rhubarb Magazine.
Number 18, Manitoba, Canada [PDF]

2007. Poster Artist, Theatre Antigonish, Women of Antigonish Production.

2007. Front and back cover artist, “If It’s Not One Thing It’s Your Mother”. A Collective Creation by the Women of Antigonish

2006. Cover Artist, Canadian Journal of Environmental Education vol. 11

2005. Featured and cover artist, Cahoots magazine, December. [PDF]

Press

December 17, 2014. The Casket.
Artwork for those in Palliative Care. [PDF]

November 27, 2012. The Casket
Artistic calendar to bring food to hungry

May 12, 2009. The Halifax
Chronicle Herald.
Dolphins on parade. By Elissa Barnard

March 11, 2009. The Casket.
Dolphin art in aid of Easter Seals. By Heather MacAdam

August 13, 2008. The Reporter.
Artist Anne Camozzi shows her work by Matt Draper.

March 2008. Eastlink Cable Television
Feature Interview

2007. Inverness Oran, July 25th
Camozzi emphasizes “awe factor”of natural world at Eco-Conference

2007. The Casket, Feb. 14th.
Hand-made silk paintings provide elegant touch

2005. One Blue World.
Cahoots Magazine.

Professional Organizations

French Serti Technique

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First, the silk is washed and ironed in preparation for painting. Anne stretches white silk on a frame, and draws a resist line with gutta, often a continuous line and rarely preplanned unless it is a specific commissioned piece. Once the drawing is completed, special paint for silk is applied with watercolour brushes. Sometimes gutta is applied after painting or not at all. Once paintings are completed the color is set using steam.