Illustrator and painter Anne McKenzie creates unique hand-painted banners using ethical and sustainable processes. Her work explores timeless calligraphic techniques and botanic subjects, using acrylic paint on a variety of Japanese papers. Anne is inspired by ideas of painting as meditation and the emotional resonance of colour, using brushstrokes that are “spontaneous yet highly conscious”. She brings a contemporary and joyous approach to her mark-making, in keeping with a deep appreciation and awareness of the beauty of trees and plants, painting from life at London landmark green spaces such as Kew Gardens and Hampstead Heath. Her resultant banners bring individual and seasonal style, adding serenity to interiors, which she hopes will make people feel calm, relaxed and happy.

Anne studied fine art at Rhodes University in South Africa and later investigated Japanese calligraphy. Anne joined theDesign-Nationportfolio in 2020.