Andrea grew up in Plano, TX, and received a Bachelors in Arts and Technology from University of North Texas. Her initial plan to work for Pixar changed when she realized sitting behind a computer in a dark room waiting for things to render on the monitor wasn’t the creative path she had imagined.
It wasn’t until taking painting classes as an adult that she found her footing…”Something clicked. I was able to connect the picture in my mind with the brush in my hand,” and Andrea began participating in local art shows and festivals, and pushing herself to be even more. In July of 2015, Andrea accepted the challenge to create one painting a day for 30 days. When I asked how this was beneficial to her, she responded, “I was able to get out the ideas I was too timid to put on the big canvas. I could explore my fears.” This newfound bravery combined with the support she has received from the local artists’ community has made such a difference in her career. Creatives in McKinney, Texas are not cutthroat. They are each other’s biggest fans.
Andrea’s signature style is characterized by a common vintage theme, “I have a love for vintage objects, especially bright, candy-colored pieces from the 50s and 60s. They are works of art in their own right.”
You will find pieces from her bird series hanging on the walls at Patina Green. I enjoy the juxtaposition of these soft, lightweight creatures, often caught mid-flight, against the vintage pattern of scrapbook paper…did I forget to mention, Andrea doesn’t like painting backgrounds? You’ll find her subjects sit front and center, and rely on the space in which it hangs for a setting. Andrea takes custom commissions such as memorials and travel photos for clients as well.
A big thank you to Lauren Palmer for writing this article about me and putting into words what I could not.
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