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About Andrea

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


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

River Walk

  • Paulownia

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Canvas
  • Autumn Falls #1

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel, Graphite, and Paper Clay - on Paper mounted on Panel
  • Rose Hips

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel and Ink on Panel
  • Over Water

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel and Graphite on Panel
  • Yellowstones #3

    Acrylic, Ink and Colored Pencil on Paper mounted on Panel
  • Yellowstones #2

    Acrylic, Ink and Colored Pencil on Paper mounted on Panel
  • Root Ball

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel & Charcoal on Paper mounted on Panel
  • Ova

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel & Charcoal on Papaer mounted on Panel
  • Lotus # 2

    Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Canvas
  • Autumn Falls #2

    Acrylic Collage, Paper Clay, Oil Pastel and Graphite on paper mounted on Panel

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