The natural world, particularly the wild areas of British Columbia, has always been my primary inspiration, and my imagery is an exploration of its interpretation. I regularly re-visit and re-work the natural and spiritual symbols and themes that fuel this creative work. Curiosity is the cornerstone of my practice, so I'm always experimenting with different mediums and styles, and usually work in small series.
Andrea grew up in a house facing Howe Sound on Canada's west coast, and spent her childhood with a pencil in her hand, drawing alongside her brothers. At age 19 she started travelling and going to university, and spent the next two decades working/playing/ studying/teaching in three regions of British Columbia, Greece and the UK. During these years she mostly worked as a teacher in the public school system. She didn’t start painting again until 18 years after receiving her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Since then she has built a career showing and selling her work internationally, and continued chasing down new ideas until life took an unexpected turn. She moved to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast in 2015, and into a house facing Howe Sound from the other direction. After a hiatus, life in this beautiful region has inspired her to paint again.
Andrea & Coco at Smuggler Cove, Halfmoon Bay, January 1, 2019