Annette Townsend


Annette Townsend natural Bee Plate


Annette Marie Townsend is a Welsh interdisciplinary artist specialising in the field of Natural History. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Design in 1995, she was employed by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales as a Scientific Artist. Her career at the museum extended over 20 years, during which time she produced illustrations for academic publications and three dimensional models and dioramas for gallery display. She also trained and qualified as a Natural Science Conservator, helping to preserve and care for the millions of botanical, geological and zoological specimens in the natural science collections.

Annette now works as an independent artist from her urban garden studio in Cardiff. She creates artwork inspired by the natural world which expresses a fascination with intricate detail, realism and beauty and draws direct reference to her experience in preserving, documenting and storing scientific specimens in a museum context.