Annette Kraft van Ermel is an award-winning Canadian artist who studied and painted in Toronto for many years and now resides in Waterloo, Ontario. Her paintings are a celebration of beauty in the small details of life - the familiar and the commonly unnoticed. Emerging through layers of oil, wax and charcoal, subjects are obscured yet still hold structure resulting in a compelling dynamic tension.

Private collections - New York City, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and all across Canada.


Artwork Featured In

Annette’s work has appeared in décor television programs and magazines such as HGTV and Style at Home, book covers such as Steven Ehrlick’s novel ‘The Channel’, in theatre productions, and music videos such as David Bowie’s‘Dead Man Walking.’  Annette has also painted creatively for television productions such as CBC’s ‘The Rick Mercer Report’, ‘The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos’ and NBC’s popular game show ‘Deal No Deal’ with Howie Mandel. In 2015, Annette won the Silver Award for the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Art Competition.


Flying Beauties

Annette is well known for her ‘bee’ paintings – honey bees, bumble bees and wasps.  These pollinating insects have an allure about them and a global relevance that inspire her. Visually striking with a yellow and black attire, bees have a sophisticated way of flying and an incredible determination. Despite all of their odds (pollutants, chemicals, disease and climate change), bees always seems to carry on with incredible momentum.


Recent Events, Exhibitions & Features

Terrace Rosé Party - Langdon Hall, Cambridge

Art on the Streets Outdoor Art Show -

Globe Studios Spring Art Show/Open House -

Ice Gala -
Bingeman’s, Kitchener

Snapd Magazine, (page 20), January 2018

Annette’s work on display at Langdon Hall’s Terrace Rosé Party

Annette’s work on display at Langdon Hall’s Terrace Rosé Party




Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts |
York University, Toronto


Solo Exhibitions

2018  rosé terrace party, Langdon Hall, Cambridge ON
2017first friday! November, Artopia, Sarnia
2016momentum, The Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Kitchener
2014captivating contours, gallery KvE, Waterloo
2013christmas studio show, gallery KvE, Waterloo
2013VIVID, Strata Gallery, Elora
2013le printemps, gallery KvE, Waterloo
2011up close with a swarm, Strata Gallery, Elora
2011ascend, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2010studio show, Mary-Allen Studio Tour, Waterloo
2010after the storm, Studio Show, Waterloo
2009delicious, Studio Show, Waterloo
2008puzzle pieces, Princess Twin Cinema, Waterloo
2008full steam ahead, 1929, 11 Ave SW, Calgary
2008spring studio show, Toronto
2005backwards with a twist, The Academy of Spherical Arts, Toronto
2005play rediscovered, Jet Fuel, Toronto
2005from right to left, Parts Gallery, Toronto
2005inspiration winter blues, Maple Forest Place, Waterloo
2004collage, Rainbow Cinemas, Market Square, Toronto
2001checkers and stripes, Studio Show, Toronto
2000remember, The Academy of Spherical Arts, Toronto
1999recent paintings, Beaton Agencies, Ontario Design Centre, Toronto
1999recent paintings, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto
1998recent paintings, Beaton Agencies, Ontario Design Centre, Toronto
1998the threads of my cocoon, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto
1998small little rusty things, C’est What, Toronto
1997they shout quietly, Tasca, Toronto
1997rain drops, Queen Mother Café, Toronto
1996just being, The Rivoli, Toronto
1994recent paintings, The Rivoli, Toronto

Covers, Awards, Articles, TV

  • Honourable Mention, Art on the Street, June 2019

  • Workin’ Moms, CBC, (paintings in ‘Business Boyz, Season 3, Ep. 11) 2019

  • Snapd Magazine, (page 20), January 2018

  • Novella Magazine, Issue No.6, (page 15)

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Art Contest, Silver Prize, 2016

  • Waterloo Record, October 17 Issue, (painting and article, Arts and Life, D3), 2015

  • Style at Home Magazine, January Issue, (paintings, page 60), 2015

  • The Moth: arts and literature, Spring Issue no. 8 (paintings, pages 3, 33), 2015

  • Dilettante’s Diary, July, 2011

  • Style at Home Magazine, June Issue, (paintings, page 44), 2011

  • Candace Tells All, HGTV, Spring Episode, (painting in living room set up), 2011

  • Reno & Décor Magazine, Feb/ March Issue, (painting on cover and in feature article), 2007

  • Exile: The Literary Quarterly, 29, no.1 (front and back cover), Toronto: Exile Editions, 2005

  • Exile: The Literary Quarterly, 24, no.2 (back cover), Toronto: Exile Editions, 2000

  • The Channel, by Steven Ehrlick (front & back cover), Fort Bragg, CA; Lost Coast Press, 2000

  • Language Arts, 77, no. 5 (May cover) 2000

  • Language Arts, 76, no. 4 (March cover) 1999

  • 21st: The VXM Network, (Feb/ March cover) 1998

  • Exile: The Literary Quarterly, 20, no.1 (front & back cover), Toronto: Exile Editions, 1996

  • Safe Telepathy, by John Barlow (front & back cover), Toronto: Exile Editions, 1996

  • “Belle River Artist Goes Queen Street Hip,” Room Magazine, by Kate Milberry (Artist’s Bio.), February 1995

Group Exhibitions

2019  art on the street, Guelph
2019  art incubate, Waterloo
2019  fire and ice gala, Bingeman's, Kitchener
2018square foot & big ideas show, Paula White Diamond Art Gallery + Design Studio
2018fall art show & open house, Globe Studios, Kitchener
2018  art on the streets, Outdoor Art Show, Guelph
2018globe studios spring artsShow/open house, Kitchener
2018fire and ice gala, Bingeman's, Kitchener
2017globe studios fall art show/open house, Kitchener
2017square foot and big ideas show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2016filling the palette, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Kitchener
2016arts & culture exhibit kickoff, The Accelerator Centre, Waterloo
2015inspired by change – The people’s Climate Art, ArtCOP21, Cambridge
2015square foot show, Remarque Art Consulting, Masterpiece Gallery, Guelph
2015square foot and big ideas show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2015july exhibition, The Art District Gallery, Kitchener
2015june exhibition, The Art District Gallery, Kitchener
2015grand opening, The Art District Gallery, Kitchener
2014'tis the season, Strata Gallery, Elora
2014square foot and big ideas show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2012selected artists, Strata Gallery, Elora
2012christmas show, LEN Gallery, Toronto
2012the square foot show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2012danse macabre, Strata Gallery, Eora
2012toronto outdoor art exhibition, Toronto
2012serendipity, The Bartlett Gallery, Alton
2012the artist project, Exhibition Place, Toronto
2012hot toddies & hot works. Strata Gallery, Elora
2011square foot show, Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2011grand opening show, Strata Gallery, Elora
2011toronto outdoor art exhibition, Toronto
2011feminine edge, The Bartlett Gallery, Alton
2010the square foot show, Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2010a is for art, CONTEMPORARY gallery, Fergus
2010grand opening (new location), Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
2009grand opening show, Venus Gallery, Aurora
2009spring exhibition, Gallery Double T, Waterloo
2008light and movement, Button Factory, Waterloo
2006queen west art crawl, Trinity Bellwood’s Park, Toronto
2005salon show, Parts Gallery, Toronto
2005blue, Gallery Bibianne, Toronto
2004christmas show, Parts Gallery, Toronto
2004salon show, Parts Gallery, Toronto
2003square foot, A.W.O.L. Gallery, Toronto
2002art 4, The Merchandise Building, Toronto
2001artists in exile, Prince Arthur Fine Arts, Yorkville, Toronto
2000sabrina burke, Art and Design, Studio 953, Toronto
2000applause fine audio and art, Toronto
1999spring show ’99, King Street Studio, Toronto
1998airbound, The Whitehouse Gallery, Toronto
1997art & jazz, The Living Room, Toronto
1998thaw out, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto
1998new work, White Cube, Toronto
1998apostasy,latvian hall, Toronto
1998applause fine audio and art, Toronto
1996without shame, Kensington Market, Toronto
1995jazz art, Squeeze Club, Toronto
1994engorge, Upstart Gallery, Toronto
1993doorway to the senses, North York Civic Centre, North York
1992the way must be tried, Morrow Gallery, Toronto
1991scars, I.D.A. Gallery, York University, Toronto
1991sexual identity, Winters Gallery, York University, Toronto