Andrea House

Andrea House

 
Painting has always been a part of my life - the experimental "open classroom" of the early 1970's nurtured my innate creativity in elementary school, and I started oil painting lessons with a local artist at twelve, attended Wesleyan University’s summer residential program Center for Creative Youth at sixteen, and majored in fine art painting at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art) in the mid-1980‘s. Yet it is only in the last few years that I have committed to becoming an “artist". By that I mean someone who allows oneself the time and devotion required to sustain an art practice, and who makes some attempt to put the resulting creations in places where they may be seen by others. The entire process has already been more personally rewarding than I can say, and after years of doubting my “talent”, I now understand that that’s not what it’s about. Art is an exploration, a conversation, a journey. Art is a reflection of life, and an affirmation. And somehow I always feel like I'm just starting out. To be able to focus on my art I depend on the support of my family, and I derive much inspiration from my fearless daughter. My art is also motivated by a sense of community, and a desire to make a positive contribution. The Central New York environment is a treasure to cherish and protect, and I hope that my art is a reflection of the beauty that surrounds us.
 
 
ARTIST STATEMENT 
 Living in rural Central NY (Northern Otsego County), I  find inspiration daily in the lush and tranquil beauty of the local landscape. To me the natural world represents spiritual reflection, and I use natural elements symbolically to document a personal search for balance. Using oil paints on hardboard panels with photographs, memory, and process as guides, I recreate encounters with nature. Each piece is composed using layers of wet-on-dry painting and may take up to several months to complete, so I tend to work on paintings in groups. Attention to drawing, color, and light keep the pictures rooted in representational imagery, while active brushwork and emphasis on abstract patterns invite the eye to linger, and the mind to wander.  
 
 …to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”

                                                                                      - William Blake

 
EDUCATION
 
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Art Painting and Drawing, 1986
 
 
 
EXHIBITIONS
 
Abstraction, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, May -June y 2017
 
Art of the Model, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, June - July 2016
 
The Land, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY,  May 2016

Contemporary Portraits, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY,  August 2015
 
Conversation Pieces, invitational group exhibitFenimore Art Museum (Community Gallery), Cooperstown, NY, July 2015 
 
Black & White Show, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, June 2015
 
Out of the Box, invitational group exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, June 2015
 
Introduction to New Members, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts,  Cooperstown, NY, May 2015
 
LEAF Art & Poetry Contest, Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY, April 2015, and the Fenimore Art Museum Community Gallery, Cooperstown, NY, May 2015
 
Frog City Pond Portraits, solo exhibit, Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley, NY, October 2014
 
The Mansion Show, annual juried exhibit, Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO), Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY, 2014, 2015
 
Still, solo exhibit at Studio Dionysus in Gilbertsville, NY, October-November 2013
 
Essential Art, annual regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
 
The Fenimore Art Museum's Art by the Lake invitational exhibit of local landscape art is held annually on the lovely lawn overlooking Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY, and I have had the privilege of participating for the past five years (2010 through 2014) . 
 
The Autumn Cafe in Oneonta provides local artists with a warm atmosphere and plenty of wall space on a monthly basis, and I have shown my work there since the mid 1990's. My more recent solo exhibits there include Nature and Imagination 2010, Shadows & Reflections 2011, Earthbound 2012, Recent Paintings 2013,  Frog City Pond Portraits Preview in July of 2014, and Selected Painting and Prints in December 2015.
 
 
 
AWARDS
 
2017   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
 
2015  Third Prize,  The Mansion Show, Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) juried group exhibit, Oneonta, NY
 
2015   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
 
2015   Best in Show, LEAF (Council on Alcoholism and Addiction for Otsego County) Art & Poetry Contest, CANO (Community Arts Network of Oneonta) Gallery, Oneonta, NY
 
2014   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
 
2013   Hannah-Lee Stokes Memorial Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
 
2012   Audience Favorite Award, Art by the Lake, Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, NY
 
2011   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown NY
 
2011   Most Original Style Award, Art by the Lake, Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, NY
 
1986   Rohm and Haas Fine Arts Achievement Award (purchase prize), University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA