Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Durfee.
Andrea, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always felt the need to create. It was my go-to for clearing the mind and processing experiences. I went to college for studio art with a minor in women’s studies. It was during my women’s studies practicum experience in New Orleans that I first learned about the power of art therapy in addressing emotional and cognitive needs in a structured setting. It inspired me to continue on to receive my masters in creative arts therapy. I worked as an art therapist with a spectrum of clients with varying needs. In 2014, I decided to take some time to focus on my own work, as well as starting a design studio with my sister-in-law. This time allowed me to develop my current style and voice, painting landscapes that mesh figures with their environment. My art therapy background continues to inform my process-focused approach, and I have loved sharing my work as it develops.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create watercolor, gouache and ink paintings of sleeping giants, meshing figures with landscapes. I am focused on the process of creating, the tension between opposing emotions and inclinations, and how this affects our internal/external environments. Figures embody both power and fragility within the paintings, and geological processes often serve as a metaphor for human experience. My paintings embody an idealized human relationship to the land; living in balance with the earth. Through the organic application of gouache and the synchronized use of ink to build structure, synergistic landscapes emerge. They reflect my desire for a deeper understanding of, and communion with, the land.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
There are so many talented artists out there and having your voice heard can be a challenge. However, when leveraged well, social media and online tools are wonderful for helping to build community and reach new viewers and galleries. I am grateful to have made the connections I have with fellow artists and art appreciators from all backgrounds, and how that has led to new opportunities and growth.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am currently working on a new collection that will be available Fall 2019, and I have a monthly subscription of fine art prints, The Monthly Mini, available through my website. You can view past and available work on my website www.andreadurfee.com and on Instagram @andreadurfee.
- Website: https://www.andreadurfee.com/
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- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andreadurfee/