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Acclaimed Artist Annette Rawlings Discusses Places, Both Real and Imagined, That Influenced Her Work

Amazing events in Annette Rawlings’ life shed light on the ways in which her life created her art and ultimately how her art created her life.

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Catch Annette Rawlings’ book display at the London Book Fair 2023.

Annette Rawlings’ self-help book “Right Side Up & Forward” will soon be displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the London Book Fair on April 18-20, 2023, at Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX UK.

In “Right Side Up & Forward,” Rawlings, a product of the 1960s, describes how her world was “Upside Down & Backwards,” which is also the title of her first book.

Rawlings was born into a deeply dysfunctional family. Abandoned by her mother at birth, she was basically raised by herself. She was kidnapped when she was twelve and endured many other traumatic events that left her feeling alone and isolated. Yet she emerged from her tragedy intact rather than becoming a wounded artist.

Now she has finally got it all together and can smell the beautiful scent of roses. As the book title says, Rawlings is now right side up and moving forward.

She also talks about how her time in the jungles of Central America and at the Plaza Hotel in New York City changed how she thinks about art and how she does it. As she puts it, she decided to spend her life “in the brightness, not in shadows or darkness,” which she says is reflected in her use of color and her extensive academic studies. She explains that she needed “tools, not yokes.”

Readers will surely be inspired by this book and how Annette Rawlings endured many things, resulting in many opportunities in her life.

Get a copy of “Right Side Up & Forward” by Annette Rawlings on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, check out the author’s website at

Right Side up and Forward
Author | Annette Rawlings
Genre | Self-Help
Publisher | Westwood Books Publishing
Published date | November 17, 2021


Born at the end of WWII into a very dysfunctional southern family, Annette had been abandoned at birth and left in the care of her grandparents; her mother reclaimed her at age three. A neglected childhood led to her kidnapping at age 12, and she was forced into an arranged marriage at 16. Homeless at 17, she is a self-made person. She was 19 years old and working three full-time jobs while attending two schools: The University of Miami and the New School of Fine Arts.

Rawlings expressed a pioneer spirit of fortitude and resilience. On her mother’s side, Williams was told that her great-grandfather, Green Williams, fought in the Civil War even though he was said to have some Cherokee blood. Annette is a DAR or Daughter of the American Revolution. Her grandmother told her she was related to Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, who wrote “The Yearling” on her father’s side.

There was only one Rawlings family that came over. Perhaps this helps account for her creativity, ability to survive, and fortitude to continue. As a product of the 1960s, artist Annette Rawlings was associated with many of the time’s actors, rock stars, writers, and innovators.

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 Annette Rawlings
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