Artist Andrea Woods

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     At an early age I knew art was what I wanted to do. I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil or crayon. I took my first lessons at 12 years old from a local artist. I still have the drawing of a bust of Voltaire I did in his studio. It felt very special to make a 3-dimensional object look alive on a 2-dimensional surface. It felt like magic. It still does.
     It was not always easy to have the time to make art. Life has many roles for us. When I had my family, I switched from oils to watercolors; less room required, no odor. But I always kept making art.
I remember a college art teacher telling us that in 2-5 years almost none of us would be doing any art. I vowed right then that I would be one of those still following my dream of making art. And I am. A year at the Beaux-Arts in France solidified my belief in the principles of art. Good drawing skills are fundamental to producing good artwork.
      I now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have returned to oil painting as my preferred medium. (They now have water-soluble oils) Nature is my muse. There are so many interesting places here to paint. I am constantly inspired.  It is so richly satisfying to put brush to canvas. It is my goal to make paintings that are more than their subject. Paintings that stir our emotions and put us in a wonderful place.
     Thank you for your interest in my work. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I do making it and that it speaks to you of the gentle beauty of nature.
Oil Painters of America
Plein Air Washington Artists
American Impressionist Society
American Society of Botanical Artist (ASBA)
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