Annabelle studied Fine Art at the University of Sydney, whilst concurrently studying Fashion Design part time at night at the National Art School at Darlinghurst.  Following her Bachelor of Arts degree, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Plant and Wildlife Illustration) at the University of Newcastle.

The COVID shutdown provided the time and space to set up a temporary studio in the dining room at The Racecourse Inn in Longford, Tasmania. With an enduring fascination with the natural world and a love of animals, after 30 years of painting in watercolours, Annabelle has returned to oils, painting portraits of  the animals around her.  

Latest Works

Little Bleat
Annabelle Sandes, 2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 40cm

Annabelle Sandes, 2020
Oil on board
30 x 40cm


Annabelle Sandes, 2020
Oil on canvas
60 x 60cm


Annabelle Sandes, 2020
Oil on canvas
51 x 61cm


Artist's CV

1987 – 1990      BA Fine Art – University of Sydney

1987 – 1990      Certificate Fashion Design (part-time) — National Art School, Darlinghurst NSW

1994                      Graduate Diploma Visual Art (Plant and Wildlife Illustration) – University of Newcastle, NSW

1994                      Margaret Senior Award for Plant and Wildlife Illustration, University of Newcastle

1994                      Exhibition – The Chancellory, University of Newcastle

1994                      Group Exhibition, Watt Space, Newcastle NSW

1994                      Group Exhibition – University of Newcastle, UK

1999                      Group Exhibition, “Botanica”, Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW

2000                      Group Exhibition, “Botanica”, Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW

2004                      Solo Exhibition, Catanachs, High St Armadale VIC

2004                      Solo Exhibition, Catalina Gallery, Broome WA

2007                      Solo Exhibition, “Tide Lines”, Catanachs, High St Armadale VIC

2007                      Solo Exhibition,  Catalina Gallery, Broome WA

2008                      Shortlisted – Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, Natural History Museum, London UK

2019                      Group Exhibition – Woolmers Estate, Longford, Tasmania