Andrews grew up in Santa Monica, CA but currently resides in New York where she attended New York Studio School, the Art Students League and Harlem Studio School. She was one of five children and often reminisces about the time she spent with her siblings exploring the mountains, riding bareback on their horse, surfing the waves, watching the tides change, riding their bikes, and the sense of freedom achieved by these childhood experiences.
She states, “I was never afraid, no fear, I was a risk taker. I survived.”
Andrews' father owned the local newspaper, "The Independent Journal." Following in her father’s footsteps, Andrews pursued journalism and photography. Working summers at her father’s paper and later at the University of Denver’s campus paper, Andrews gained experience as a journalist. Later, Andrews moved to Steamboat Springs, where she lived in a cabin and worked for the Steamboat Pilot Newspaper for four years.
Andrews began painting while she was at home with her two young children. Being confined to the house was an adjustment for Andrews and painting was a tool to express her creativity, previously quelled by journalism. She remarks, “painting for me is the freedom of trying to discover the formal qualities and composition of personal mark making, color, line and perspective. My large abstract paintings are impulsive as my art is a reaction to my everyday experiences and the animated world around me.”
Living in NYC has inspired Andrews greatly; with it’s opaque sky, dark buildings and gritty streets, Andrews has mastered the incorporation of these scenes and color palettes into her work. NYC also offers endless exposure to museums. Andrews, takes advantage of this exposure, revisiting works by the great abstract impressionist artists, de Kooning, Miro, Twombly, Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Basquiat, all of whom have greatly inspired her work.
Andrews likes to work big and fast. She is constantly reworking and building up a history in her paintings. Her artistic process incorporates drawing and doodling on the canvas to create a complex surface. The history that is achieved through this process is literal and metaphorical as this process is often informed by her past memories, experiences and travels.
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