I love nature and being outdoors, and I love to paint. For me, art is about adding beauty into people’s lives. No hidden meanings or agendas. I simply want the works I share to touch your heart, give you joy, delight your eyes, and remind you of your own connection with nature. If I manage any of these, the painting is already a success.
I consider myself a “realist” in the sense that I want to share the feeling of reality, but never simply a photocopy of life. The goal is always to create a visual language that is both concise and effective and in the end, that engages the viewer and allows them to become a part of the experience.
I use a combination of plein air studies (small oil sketches painted on location) and reference photos to paint larger works in my studio. In my plein air sketches I try to capture the light and colors that my eyes see and the camera is likely to miss, the major shapes and values in the scene, and their relative placement and connectivity with one another. I’m not trying to create a painting at this point, but rather a record of the essence of a scene that caught my attention.
Andrew started creating wildlife pencil drawings while living in Redding, CA during the 80’s. After moving to Oregon he was introduced to plein air oil painting in 2009 while attending a workshop by Charles Waldman. Landscape painting in oils quickly became major focus of his work. The show “Within Reach” at the Old City Hall Gallery is a pleasant and much anticipated “coming home” event for the artist.
Andrew has had paintings and drawings accepted into numerous shows and juried competitions around Oregon, including Artworks Northwest 2015, various shows at Gallery 7 at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, solo shows at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center and the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg and yearly two-person shows at Fisher’s Flowers and Fine Arts. His work has been accepted into shows at Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay and at the Arts Center in Corvallis for the 6th Around Oregon Annual competition. Andrew also had the honor of having two drawings accepted into the top 100 finalists in the 2009/2010 ARC Salon 6th Annual Online Competition. In 2013 He was awarded an Artist Residency at Playa, Summer Lake, in SE Oregon. Andrew now has paintings in both private and corporate collections.
Andrew has continued his education through further workshops with Marc Hanson, Charles Waldman and Mitch Baird. He also uses DVDs and books by contemporary masters including Richard Schmid, Kevin Macpherson and Edgar Payne.
Major influences include painters from the Hudson River School, 19th Century painters such as Thomas Moran, Thomas Hill and William Keith, and modern masters including Edgar Payne and Clyde Aspevig.
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