"When I start [painting] I don't know what's going to happen... When you're dancing, you don't stop to think: now I'll take a step...you allow it to flow." - Elaine de Kooning
5/1 Update: Hello everyone! Well, Spring has sprung(ish) ... and the One of a Kind Show was a huge success! I enjoyed meeting those who stopped by my booth to chat or share a fun story. It was great to learn more about you. It's exciting that so many Andrea Emily paintings found good homes. Your support and encouragement mean the world to me. I'll be updating my GALLERY as I prepare for Wells Street on 6/8. More to come and thanks again!
- 45th Annual Wells Street Art Festival, June 8 & 9
- Andersonville Arts Fest, September 21 & 22
- Looking at one in the middle and one or two in the Fall/Winter...
Please check out my Festivals & Shows page for more details.
My love of abstract painting started with a persistent feeling that something was missing in my life. I come from a family filled with artistic and musical talent, and for the bulk of my life thought that gene had passed me by. I worked in insurance for 15 years, spent all my free time working or trying to relieve stress from working, and felt empty inside.
Several years ago, I made some major life changes after my twin brother died. Through God's grace, I grew stronger in my faith and was able to find blessings in tragedy. I moved to Chicago from the burbs, quit my job in insurance, started making healthier life choices, and began to ponder what the next 15 years of my life would look like. During that time of self-exploration, I came out to myself, friends and family, fell in love with an amazing woman and got married. Lots of change was happening in pretty rapid succession but it felt like the puzzle pieces of my life were finally coming together.
Having a lot of free time on my hands, I took an oil painting course in simplifying color at a local art academy. I bought every artist's oil color, brush and palette knife I could get my hands on and started painting. After pushing through a lot of frustration and learning some patience, I fell in love with abstract oil painting.
I kept on painting and started to accumulate a body of work which you can now see in my GALLERY. With any luck, my journey up until this point has prepared me for launching this website and making my insides public domain.
I practice Abstraction because it allows me to paint freely without self judgement, without my head telling me that I'm doing it wrong, without limitations, and without boundaries. I explore the beauty of imperfection through color, movement and texture. This website contains a collection of the work I've done thus far in my career as an artist.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better. Please take a look through my GALLERY. If you have any questions, comments, want to talk about commissioning a piece, or would like to purchase one of my original works of art, please visit the CONTACT page.
"Tranquility" (pictured above) was on display in the Fine Art Gallery at the Spring One of a Kind Show and is available for sale!