About the Artist

Annette Winkler was born in West-Berlin, Germany. Both of her parents had a passion for painting and she showed an early interest in arts. After finishing school Annette became a nurse and worked her way up into intensive care. She was responsible for ensuring that critically ill patients and their families received optimal care.

After Annette met her future husband, she moved to Darmstadt where she found an interesting new job at a software company. Starting in sales she moved soon into creating promotional materials using graphic design software.  The flexible time schedule made it possible to work while raising her two children.

Sunrise in Vero Beach

When it was time for the children to start school the family decided to move to Vero Beach, Florida.

She fully devoted her life to her two small children, learning a new way of Life and a new language. At night she found time to learn video editing and made many customers very happy with her beautiful created videos from weddings to travel. Her background in video-editing and photography often helped with composition and adding unique perspectives to her subjects.

Now, as a full time artist she is excited to help various charities in another way – with the help of colors. She has donated a number of artworks to give back to society in her own way.

Many of her art pieces are on display in different locations in the United States of America and Germany.

She received several awards in only couple of month.

It is the amazing variety of different styles, approaches and ideas that find their way into her work. Lately there were some additions of 3-D pieces that took advantage of modeling paste to put some structure onto the canvas. Annette’s pieces cover very different subjects and range from tranquil scenes of still life to bold and colorful canvases in sometimes large sizes.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

November 1st – December 31 2015, The Foyer Gallery of Art at the Emerson Center

December 2015, Drinkers for Thinkers

November 3rd- End of January 2017, German Consulate General, Miami, Florida

May 5th 2018, Steve Irwin Gala Dinner LA

May 4th 2019, Steve Irwin Gala Dinner LA

July 13th 2019, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Roadtoapollo50th, Simi Valley, California

January 2020, Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Art by the Sea, Vero Beach Museum of Art

2011 Indian River County Library Exhibit

2012 Humane Society, Art for Animals

2013 Love Hurts, Fort Pierce

2013 Courthouse Exhibiton

2013 Artist Guild Gallery

2013 Art Walk, Vero Beach

2013 Treasure Coast Art Show

2013 Gallery 14, Our beautiful Waters

2014 Relay for Life

2014 Gala Event, Fort Pierce Yacht Club

2014 Vero Beach Museum of Art

2014 Art-Tini, Springhill Suites Marriott

2014 Galerie der Berliner Graphikpresse

2014 Vero Beach Art Trail

2014 The Best of the Best, A.E. Backus

2015 Luna Fest, Habor Branch

2015 Art on the Island, 3D Art show

2015 The Best of the Best. A.E. Backus

2016 Nature Art Show, Environmental Learning Center

2016 Vero Beach Museum of Art

2016 Elliott Museum, Stuart

2016 Hope for Families Kris Kringle Bazaar

2016 Fundraiser for Jake Owen Foundation

2017 Art by the Sea, Vero Beach Museum of Art

2017 Nude Nite, Orlando

2017 Hope Gala, American Cancer Society Vero Beach

2017 Elliott Museum, Stuart, Classics at the Beach

2017 Artfields, South Carolina


International Seascape Certification

In January 2014, Annette Winkler was painting with Joyce Ortner to earn her International Seascape Certification.

If Joyce Ortner is not teaching classes and workshops, she is busy with her successful decorative arts business, Artistic Atmospheres. Her business clients both national and international include Warner Brothers Studios, Princess Cruise Line’s corporate offices, and the flagship of the Shangri-la hotel chain, The Far Eastern Plaza in Taipei, Taiwan. Joyce Ortner’s company Artistic Atmospheres was commissioned by Scott Johnson, of Johnson, Fain and Perrara, (Architects of the TransAmerica building in San Francisco), to create works in their firm offices in Beverly Hills and the private residence of Scott Johnson, which was featured in both Architectural Digest and on the HGTV program Extreme Homes. Her paintings have been sought out by both private and corporate collectors, such as the Northrup Corporation and Chanco as well as having works in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Joyce Ortner’s son, Ran Ortner, the famous New York seascape artist, was invited to talk to this certification Class the last 3 days of the Program.

“Being a part of this lecture was a privilege. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I was entertained, educated, moved, challenged, humbled and most of all inspired!” Annette Winkler

Art Masters Program

In March 2015, Annette Winkler completed successfully a 9 month training in the study of Fine Art Art Master Program with instructor Daniel Edmondson.

He is a well collected artist trained in the classical style. and brings Old Master painting into the modern using contemporary themes and expressive brushwork. 

Personal Study Tours: 

Florence, Italy with Charles C. Gruppé 

Antibe, France with Charles C. Gruppé

Pocket Guide to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands

Sanibel Island is famous as one of the world’s best shelling grounds, a function of the unusual east–west orientation of the island’s south end. Captiva Island, connected to the northern end of Sanibel by a bridge, is quirky and engaging. At the end of a twisty road lined with million-dollar mansions lies a delightful village of shops, eateries, and beaches.

Annette Winkler was chosen to be the cover Artist for the Pocket Guide to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands. It contains lots of great information about this area, coupons and maps.

Next time you go to the beautiful Florida West Coast you will find this booklet at many different locations for example Hotel- and Motel Lobbies, Gift Shops and the Tourist Information Offices.


Florida Sun Magazine

I am so happy to have been interviewed by Dirk Rheker Editor-in-chief from Florida Sun Magazine … Here is the article printed in their Section Faces. 3-2015 (July*August*September)

For more information please click on Florida Sun Magazine

T-Shirt sales

Friends after Diagnosis are selling shirts to help support the outreach and programming efforts. Vero Beach artist Annette Winkler, who donates a portion of her sales proceeds to Friends, painted the roses especially for this shirt design.

For more information please click on Friends after Diagnosis

Book cover Artist for Nina Dockery’s new book

A Seeker’s Journey

How to use Intuition, Emotions and Magic for Spiritual Growth


For more information about the Author Nina Dockery please click on The Seeker’s Journey