I was born in Melbourne, Australia to a migrant family and now live and paint from the NSW South Coast, with my partner and four children; nested between the escarpment and the sea, after living in Canberra, Scotland, Finland and Sydney.

Drawing and painting has been a core part of my life for the past 20 years (since girlhood!) This culminated in some form in 2015 whilst on maternity leave when I started to take portrait commissions and opened an Etsy Shop (, offering other original artworks and giclee fine art prints. I have no formal Fine Arts qualification and emotionally, it was a large step for me to do this and share my work. But no regrets! 

My work is inspired by life; daily moments, human activity, small observations. Often, I am also inspired by other art – the composition in a photograph, a line of prose or poetry, a still from a film. I’m interested in how to use passages of colour to describe the effects of light, as it touches on the landscape, objects, people.

Typically I use acrylics on paper or canvas, but I also enjoy watercolours; drawing, of course, with oil stick and soft pastels; mono prints, other mixed media, painting on ceramics. If you are interested in sharing my artistic journey, please connect with me via Instagram (@msanhpaints). 


Anh Nguyen (b. 1984, Melbourne, Australia)



  • March 2018 – “This Life Just Once”; exhibit alongside Dee Smart at Walcha Gallery
  • August 2018 – Group Exhibition, Walcha Gallery
  • October 2018 – Scarborough Art Show


  • Nov 2017 -“Christmas Exhibition”; group exhibition at AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell
  • Oct 2017 – Scarborough Art Show
  • Aug 2017 – “A Certain Slant of Light”; group exhibition curated by Amber Creswell Bell


  • Oct 2016 – Scarborough Art Show
  • April 2016 – Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival

Awards and Prizes

2017- Finalist; Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA), Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong

2016 – Finalist, St George Art Awards, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville 

2016 – Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington

Other areas of interest

2018 – Painting & textile collaboration with Ginny & Jude, a Sydney based label, for their 10th year anniversary AW18 collection “Little Girl Blue” (link )

2017 – The Lifestyle Edit – Interview with Kate Swinson 

2016 – Winner, IWD Power Voice Poetry competition for “My Kind” (link)

2015 – Winner, Etsy Resolution competition for new Etsy sellers

2011 – “Odes to Oddity”, self-published collaboration of poems & selected drawings