Meet Annette Williams, who provides Hunter-Wolff Gallery with beautiful specialty greeting cards depicting nature at its best.
Born in an era when WWII ravaged many European families and lives, Annette Williams was one of the lucky ones to survive and grow to live her childhood dream. It was a long journey on a windy road but that promise of peace and joy in her life kept her moving forward.
As a very young child, she was uprooted and expelled from her home, like many refugees of German ancestry from various Eastern European countries and sent to northern Germany. Annette says, however, that it was this time in her life that set the stage for her passion in photography. At this early age, she learned to appreciate the beauty of nature on an idyllic farm in northern Germany where she lived until age 10.
At an early age of seven, she recollects when her father allowed her "to gently move" the photo paper in the developing solutions. She was stunned to watch as the images appeared in the process. She wanted to learn more and her dream began. She often played with an old medium format box camera, pretending there was film in it. In those days, there was no money to spare and her parents often traded with local farmers just to feed their family. There certainly was no money for film, paper or chemicals. Nonetheless, little Annette was captivated by photography and nature. When the economy somewhat improved, her father landed a professional job in Munich and her family moved again.
Although photography was in her blood, she says her father encouraged her seek other skills, saying, "Annette, you have to have a profession or you will become a starving artist with only photography." She studied to become a dental assistant but continued to seek opportunities to "indulge" in photography. She volunteered in a film production lab where she learned to splice and edit rolls of negatives to make a film.
Marriage brought her to the United States, where she later became enamored with the beauty in Colorado. Today, Annette lives on a ridge top at 9,200 feet in the middle of the wilderness opting for beauty and living without many city services. In spite of overwhelming challenges in her life, she created her own garden of serenity, focusing on her photography, and finding her artistic voice filled with tranquility. She is now surrounded by the beauty she dreamed of for so long and captures that special moment in time on her film to share with others.
We hope you enjoy Annette Williams specialty greeting cards, many photographed after long hours and often days and weeks of waiting for that one moment. Her beautiful images are pure gifts without any manipulation. You will find only several examples of her images as there are hundreds of cards to pick from.