Annette Blady was born in Toronto, Canada. She studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design and graduated in 1980. The architectural technology company, in which she was a partner in the 1980s, received international recognition. In her role as an interior designer in this firm she created works for major projects including The Nieman Marcus Centre in Chicago, Harbourfront in Toronto, and The World Financial Centre in Battery Park, New York City.
In 1989 Blady decided to pursue a full time career in fine art. She has gained international recognition and has canvases in many prominent galleries and private collections in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. She has a very broad repertoire of artwork that represent her eclectic style. Images range from chromatic exuberance to soft and poignant elegance. Her work combines textured exotic papers and fabrics with cut glass, and metallic acrylic to create mixed media collage paintings. She enjoys linking modern desing with motifs from ancient symbolism and abstract expressionism.
Annette spent time in the Haliburton Highlands in her youth and was drawn back to the area about 15 years ago when a friend suggested she explore the opportunity of teaching at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Her husband, Al’s, fond memories of time her spent her as an adolescent contributed to the decision. For the first few years they found a variety of rental accommodations that allowed them to explore various areas of the Haliburton Highlands. In 2005 they purchased their cottage home and second studio on Lake Miskwabi.
Annette is a very active participant in the artistic community of the Haliburton Highlands. She is a member of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, an executive member of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, teaches for a few weeks each summer at the Haliburton School of the Arts, is a participant in the Haliburton Studio Tour. She is also active in her Greater Toronto neighbourhood including participating in the Thornhill Visual Arts Tour and being a member of the Markham Arts Council.