The heart of Annette's work comes from her enjoyment of working with her hands. Making things was highly valued in her home as she was growing up. She recalls watching her father in the garage making and repairing furniture. Later, she was inspired by her sister, who worked in the fashion and jewelry industry. The admiration she has for her sister’s work sparked her interest in designing and making her own jewelry.
The inspiration for her work comes from spending time in the natural world collecting the treasures it has to offer. She is fascinated at the variety of shapes and patterns that nature creates-curves, spirals, orbs, undulations-and the endless textures that come with them. She is driven to incorporate these shapes and textures into the pieces she creates. She enjoys the process of making something she can look at and hold in her hands.
She sees her jewelry pieces as small sculptured art. As she explores the physical limits of what her mind can create, improving her design work, becoming more creative with her composition and perfecting her skills has become increasingly important. She enjoys the solitude of her work and relishes the practice of honing her skills as she moves toward mastering her craft.