Prior to opening Mistress Augustine’s in 1981 Ann worked as a graphic illustrator specialising in the sciences, working for EMI Electronics and later for 10 years for Teknis Pty Limited were her role was illustrating and documenting work manuals for complex cutting edge electronics. During the 18 years of this career phase she also ran a small graphics office specializing in scientific magazines and periodicals including the South Australian English Teachers, Australian Physicist and South Australian Science Teachers. Having a restaurant (quite accidentally) Oliver started doing posters and menus for special events. A solid collection of these works have been acquired by the South Australian State Library and National Library. Occasionally Oliverís works were hung in the restaurant and sold from the walls. Oliver insists remains more illustrator than artist, but that her development was greatly helped by her friend art restorer, John Maroulis. It was not until 1996, when after an accident she was unable to work that she started painting in earnest. The rest is history, she has become a respected photographer, works in water colours and oils, and enjoys collaborations that make food statements. Her work has been sold nationally and internationally.