Andy was born in Casper, Wyoming but grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, and it was there that he discovered a true passion for art. He took every art class offered by the university. With the exception of a few part-time jobs, adjunct teaching positions at a few Baltimore area colleges, and six years as a visiting artist, Andy has supported himself solely through the sale of his paintings. In his visiting artist role, he has been guest lecturer at colleges, conducted workshops, judged art competitions, and participated in public art projects.
Andy’s decision in 1995 to open Braitman Studio in Charlotte, N.C. as an art school coincided with his plans to marry his wife, Carol. The school started with one adult and one teen class, and has grown to include a teaching and support staff for approximately 100 students and exhibiting artists. Andy has been surprised at the enjoyment he has found in teaching. His students praise "his many geniuses" - his ability to bring out each individual's own artistic style, his expertise is his ability to work with students at all levels, and the encouragement and support he gives to every student. “I absolutely love painting; I find it to be a constant challenge and reward and thoroughly enjoy sharing that love with anyone who wants to learn an insight into it’s magic.”