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About Andrea

Baltimore County

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As a native of Baltimore, I had studied painting at the Maryland Institute of Art, The Towson Fine Art School, Harford Community College and over the years, continued my studies with a variety of professional artists and instructors. My early paintings were traditional realism rendered in oils but eventually I chose to explore the possibilities of watercolor and began exhibiting my work professionally in 1984. During this period I gained acceptance into many juried competitions and had won numerous... more


ANDREA HUPPERT STATEMENT Much of my work is a response to my love of nature. I like to explore the tension and harmonies between abstraction and realism in a variety of mediums to fuel my creative response to relationships we have with our natural world and with each other. By using symbolic natural images among an opus of shapes, lines and colors, I try not to simply reproduce these objects and their environment but to portray the energy and emotions they evoke.

Paintings 2020

I continue to try and incorporate visually metaphoric imagery culled from the natural environment in most of my work. By using mutable materials, colorful abstract patterns and forms  I continue to explore the duality of tension and harmony that echo the tentative nature of our landscapes.

  • " We Are All Canaries"

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    WE ARE ALL CANARIES.... 24" X 24" Encaustic, India Ink, Crayon & Dead Birds on Panel
  • "Coal Strikes"

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    COAL STRIKES 24" X 24" Encaustic, Ink & Crayon on Panel
  • "Holding Onto Blue"

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    HOLDING ONTO BLUE 24" X 20" Encaustic, Ink and Crayon on Panel
  • FALL 202

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    FALL 2020 30" X 24" Encaustic on Panel
  • "Blue Dot"

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    BLUE DOT 10" x10" India Ink, Watercolor & Encaustic on Panel
  • "Uncracked"

    Painting, Encaustic, Landscape, Abstarct
    UNCRACKED 10" X 10" Encaustic on Panel


This body of work is a continuation of my abstrart landscapes in Encaustic and Acrylic.  The Reef Man painting was created for the themed "Super Heros" show  to honor my Father's work for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster restoration program.

Recent Work

I was unable to complete many apintings this year but was thrilled at the invitation to submit work for The BRA Show.
Being true to my muse, I decided to make a sculpture using natural materials such as driftwood, leaves and vines (cut before spring bloom).  This decision turned into quite the time consuming, learn-as-you-go project.  I made armatures from wire, paper clay and plaster cloth and imbedded bird images made of painted self-hardening bone ware.  The dried leaves prooved to be too brittle to cover the bra cups so I hand colored various thin papers and attached them instead.  As the piece got heavier, I added a metal support band around the inner perimeter and covered it with plaster cloth and handmade bark paper.  I then made an armature that would allow the "bra" and its driftwood base to hang flat on the wall.
I was happy with the results  and have a much greater appreciation for sculptors than ever.


I was raised in Baltimore, and my father, an educator, instilled in me an early and enduring love for the natural world.  I spent much of my childhood on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and now make my home on the edge of a state park and reservoir.  I find peace in the outdoors.  I am not just a passive admirer, though.  In 2007, I led a neighborhood coalition that opposed BGE's destruction of hillside trees in our valley.

My concerns about the environment have been a catalyst for my paintings for the last  ten years.

In 2014, I began painting in encaustic and was fascinated with the fluidity, luminosity and tactile qualities of this new medium.  It has allowed me to continue to explore the  tentative nature of our inner and outer landscapes.  My approach has been not to reproduce objects and their environments realistically but to paint a response to the  emotional reaction they invoke.

For example, in the winter  painting, "Winter's Heart #2",  I was responding to "repairs"  (rather than restoration) made by the City that abraded a gravel road and trails, leaving a litter of tree roots and debris  and mud.  The tree roots were added to my painting  as well as a painted bird image, that to me, is a metaphorical harbinger of beneficial or harmful events. 
On a lighter note, the summer paintings are what they are.  Colors; a response to brilliant blooming colors and new beginnings. 


Senses: Clear intense light magnifying the brilliant early fall foliage; the color of the sky reflected in the pools and eddies of the river below. Leaves, twigs, seeds carried on a breeze to the water's surface....adrift...on a journey, glimpses of color passing, touching, reuniting with other travelers then again surrendering to the guidance of the stream.

Including the conveyance of water in this series of paintings was the catalyst for exploring a vivid palette of colors to express how I feel as I experience my surroundings.

  • Pooled

    Encaustic, Oil pastel, China marker 20 x 24 2016
  • Drifting

    Encaustic, Collage, Oil pastel 18" x 18" 2015
  • In Between

    Encaustic, Paper, Leaves 18" x 18" 2015
  • Beyond Eddy

    Encaustic, 18" x 18", 2016
  • Afloat

    Encaustic, Oil pastel, China marker 18" x 18" 2015
  • On The Surface

    Encaustic, 24" x 24", 2016


On my daily walks I am always awed in some way by the abundance of natural beauty that I am blessed to encounter. Early this Fall I began taking longer hikes on some of the steeper slopes that border the reservoir near my home. While enjoying the incredible colors, light and air, I became particularly fascinated by the enchanting Mountain Laurels that populate this area. Their limbs so beautifully twisted into bonsai-like shapes from being in the under story and facing the bitter northwest winds at the top of the peak. Though some had yielded to last years extreme weather I could not resist their beauty and brought several branches back to my home. This is not unusual as I often bring sticks, branches, stones and seeds to my studio for contemplation and inspiration. I also have an intense appreciation and respect for birds and have included their images in many of my past and current works so when I encounter a dead bird I will immediately make a detailed drawing. A nest, an egg and feathers will be collected for future reference as well. I find that things dying, dead, abandoned, still and seemingly unimportant are actually full of life and meaning in their pursuit to another purpose.

Sometimes these often symbolic natural images will appear spontaneously in my work among the organic shapes, lines and colors. At other times I am more consciously aware of how these forms may add an inner resonance to the paintings of this continuing visual journey.

  • Branch

    Encautic, Collage, Marker 16" x 16" 2014

    Encaustic 14" X 14" 2014
  • STAND # 2

    Encaustic with Collage 30" X 20" 2014
  • STAND # 1

    Encaustic with Collage 30" X 20" 2014

    Encaustic with Collage 24" X 20" 2014
  • Laurel Spirits #1

    Encaustic with Collage 24" X 20" 2014

    Encaustic with Collage 16" X 16" 2014

    Encaustic with Collage on Panel 24" X 24" 2014

    Encaustic on Panel 18" X 18" 2014

    Encaustic with Collage 18" X 18" 2014

STICKS and STONES/ con'd

Sticks and Stones continued

  • Branch # 2

    Encaustic, Collage 24 x 24 2015
  • Lone Tree

    Encaustic, Collage, China marker 24 x 20 2015

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