Andrea’s paintings are a mixture of coastal scenes, invented landscapes and varied forms of still life with favourite flowers. Images start from sketchbook studies made in or around a house or garden, and from past holidays in Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland.
A recurring theme in her still life work is the painted vessel motif set within a landscape. Still life work is painted with emphasised simplicity. Some parts of the painting have become abstracted, being described only by colour, texture or pattern.
As a child one of Andrea’s earliest memories is of being in her neighbour’s vegetable patch, shoulder high in huge rhubarb plants. ‘I loved it there, playing in the mud between leafy plants and neat, ordered rows of seedlings. That sense of happiness and inspiration I get when being in a garden has remained throughout my life. I remember doing handstands when I was seven on the front lawn next to my mother’s hydrangea shrubs. There was a beautiful dark red peony bush outside the window and our garden was divided from our neighbours by a little wood of silver birch trees. Whenever I go into the garden or an outdoor space I draw, and that feeds into my work. I spent two weeks painting on an allotment as a student. For another college reportage project, I chose to draw my landlady’s Victorian terraced garden. I now have a garden of my own to inspire me’.
Andrea graduated from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, with a BA Honours Degree in Illustration.
Andrea lives, paints and teaches in London. Andrea uses a limited colour palette and limited tonal range. White is added to humanise and soften colour. She often uses white on white, pencil on white, and gesso on gesso.