Annabella Pritchard was born and raised in Orange County and has contributed to downtown Santa Ana's arts community for over seven years. She is a graduate of the Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and is a self-taught photographer whose work has appeared in galleries throughout Southern California .
Pritchard began her career as an artist-member of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts where she helped organize art exhibitions, planned events, and raised funds. She also participated in photography exhibitions where her work was displayed along side prominent local artists, For the most recent literature festival in downtown Santa Ana, Ms. Pritchard helped manage and coordinate a live reading and Q & A by a world-renown author at Orange County Center for the Contemporary Arts. She also co-hosts surrealist-themed art activities at Makara Center for the Arts "Surreal Storytime" which introduces the work of women surrealist artists to younger audiences through storytelling and arts and crafts. One event that Ms. Pritchard is especially proud of having helped developed was 'Leonora Carrington: 101' a birthday celebration and lecture at Makara Center for the Arts for the iconic surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington with a presentation by Carrington's son Dr. Gabriel Weiss Carrington. Pritchard also regularly volunteers for Santa Ana's Literature Festival, Savor Santa Ana, and The Artist Roundtable.
Always curious about the lives of artists, she also started a blog called Souls of Santa Ana that highlights the work of local artists and personalities.
Ms. Pritchard's involvement in the arts community goes back to her experience as a student in Beirut, Lebanon in 2002 where she studied alongside the future founder of Transterra Media. Noting Ms. Pritchard's interest in artists as well as her desire to promote their works, Annabella was hired to write about the expansion of public spaces during the Arab Spring. Ms. Pritchard interviewed organizers from the Ibn Khaldoun Center in Egypt who were instrumental in bringing together artists-activists and street artists and other stakeholders in the creation of public art in downtown Cairo.
Currently Ms. Pritchard works for Delight Invite, a successful, independent, woman-owned business that designs and produces unique and stylish invitations.
She also works part time for Lockout Music Studios, searching for and locating vacant commercial buildings available for longterm leases in cities throughout SoCal where Lockout Music Studios can grow and develop. Currently there are over 400 artists and musicians who rent creative spaces/studios from Lockout Music Studios. In whichever city a Lockout Music Studio is established, the artists and musicians patronize the local restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and retail shops, energizing the local economy while also adding artistic vibrancy and flair to the community. Pritchard is also in the process of developing several social entrepreneurial endeavors including the creation of an artisanal tea company that will benefit her ancestral homeland of Burma.
Ms. Pritchard is the proud mother of two children and in her spare time is writing a series of art lectures about the life and death of muse and poet Elizabeth Siddal .