Andrea Pratt is a visual artist living on BC’s Sunshine Coast in the traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation. She grew up on the Vancouver side of Howe Sound, then spent the next two decades working/playing/studying/teaching in three regions of British Columbia, Greece and the UK, eventually settling back in the Vancouver area. 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 Art from the University of Victoria. Since then she has had a varied career featuring lots of creative exploration, and has exhibited in public and commercial spaces in both British Columbia and farther afield. She moved to Gibsons in 2015, returning to her Howe Sound roots.
The natural world, particularly the wild areas of British Columbia, has always been my primary inspiration. I got my start through landscape painting, with lots of detours into different media and modes of interpretation. My most recent work could best be described as a fusion of abstraction, folk art and landscape. Curiosity is the cornerstone of my practice, so I'm always experimenting, but that includes revisiting the themes and imagery that have fascinated me for years.
Andrea & Coco on Wild Pacific Trail
Ucluelet, BC -- June 2022