Andrea Howson, SCA
2017 - Milton Art in the Park, Country Heritage Park
First Prize 2-D, Juror's Award
2016 - Milton Art in the Park, Country Heritage Park
Second Place Category One
2015 - Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition, Wellington Artists Gallery
2014 - Walk on the Wild Side, Annual Open Juried Wildlife Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
For me art is instinctual. I always knew I would be an artist because I am compelled to create visual images. Wherever I go I am looking at how I can translate what I see into a painting; I am asking myself how I would crop a landscape or what colour would I paint that tree.
I love colour and have never been afraid to use it in unconventional ways. Dark shades contrasting with bright hues are inspiring and exciting. I don't have a problem sacrificing a realistic view for a vibrant visual that is brilliantly coloured. Colour implies energy and emotion, and I use it to reflect the emerging spirit of my subject matter as I see it.
My artwork takes a whimsical view of wildlife. Often I portray my subjects head-on looking out at the viewer. This is not meant to be confrontational, rather more amusing and curious, taking away the formality that reality sometimes possesses. I want my paintings to inspire people to not take everything in life so seriously and daydream more often of a happier world layered in vivid colours. My work is dedicated to connecting with the animals and birds that surrounds us and showing others a different view of the wildlife inhabitants of this world.
In art and in life, there are no boundaries or limitations - one is only confined by their own imagination.
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