I am Anne Lawson, a Melbourne artist who creates works on paper that show the delicacy of the natural world. I am fascinated by natural objects like seed pods, shells and leaves. But most especially feathers. I pick them up, admire them, draw them. I have cupboard full of feathers that are my inspiration. (Lucky that they are as light as a ………!)

My realistic, detailed feathers, leaves and nests, created in watercolour, graphite, and pen and ink, reflect my background in botanic art.


Lately I have been experimenting with different combinations of media ~ oil pastels and ink, watercolour and sewing on paper, wool and tapestry canvas ~ to help me express the inspiration I find in trees in the landscape. Using these media I have been able to create more abstract and expressive works.


My blog tells you of my artistic life — the artists who inspire me, the textures that I love, my work in progress and finished, the unexpected things I see around me.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, a city that I love. I have lived here all my life — indeed on one branch of my family tree I am a 4th generation Melbournian. So, I would also like to show you some of my Melbourne, it’s textures and patterns, the obvious and the hidden, aspects that are off the beaten track.

Where do you go to find out more about my art?

My Etsy shop Anne Lawson Art has a wide range of my works, especially the smaller A5 and A4 sizes.

My fortnightly letter from my studio will keep you up to date with my artistic world. You can read more about the newsletter here.

You can read more about my unique sewing on paper technique and to see my feathers in more detail.

Follow me on Instagram 

Or contact me directly

39 replies on “Welcome!”

What lovely interpretations of nature, Anne. Can’t wait to see Melbourne through your eyes….and your drawing. I also feel a great connection to place and nature. And I totally agree with your comments about treating refugees better.

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Thanks for the compliments! I love detail, and look for it all the time. On the flipside, I can’t do abstract work, and I am not good with big, expressive brushwork! Swings and round-a-bouts! 🙂

It was a pleasure to like your blog!


I found your comments on being rooted in a place interesting. I’m one of those who left behind a life in the UK to make a new life here. For me, home has become wherever I am, where I surround myself with the things that hold meaning for me. I loved my 5 years in Melbourne, but despite its beauty, it’s still too much city for me. I came to your blog via The Snail of Happiness – she has one of my squares too!


Oh, I am so glad you came. I will pop over to visit you. It will be wonderful to see the Snail of Happiness quilt.

That concept of home/place is one that fascinates me. So you are like a snail too, taking your home with you! Although I think part of the reason I stay is laziness — too much trouble to pack up and move on 🙂


Hi, Anne, thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m delighted to meet you. Your drawings are exquisite … My grandmother had a special love for botanical drawings (she worked for Kirstenbosch Gardens, in South Africa, for years, and knew several artists), and seeing your work reminds me of her.


Great to find your blog Anne – love biological/botanical drawings and yours are so beautifully observed. I’ve been poring over Celia Rosser’s banksias lately & just yesterday wrote a post about some of the great Aussie women botanists who were often also great botanic illustrators. Look forward to seeing more of your work.


Hi Anne! Nice to meet you. I come to you from southern New Jersey in the good old U.S. by way of “Nerd in the Brain” one of my favorite blogs. I noticed your comment there and followed it here! I too am a bit of an artist, more for fun than profit, though. I really love your feather paintings. Are they done in pencil or watercolor or something else? I have been experimenting in watercolor lately and am thrilled with its many uses. Can’t wait to read more about Melbourne and your artwork.


Lovely to meet you too Nancy, and thanks for taking the time to have a chat. Ms Nerd writes a delightful blog and her enthusiasm for life is infectious! My feathers are done in either ink, watercolour or sometimes coloured pencil. Watercolour is a joy and I must check out your art work and blog. Enjoy your day!

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Hi Anne. Just in answer to your question in my comments, the print books are up but I’ve been waiting to announce them until I have the ‘new’ ebooks ready to go as well. The Godsend literally just went up on Amazon and I hope to have Nabatea up by tomorrow so…I’ll announce things Thursday or Friday. Sorry to sound so secretive. Just want to do it all in one hit. 🙂


Nothing like a good natter, so let's have a chat!

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