Artist Pat Andrews
I have been interested in art in almost every form since middle school. I still remember going to my grandparents’ house and my grandmother teaching me oil painting and then spending time with my grandfather as he taught me woodworking skills. This interest in the various forms of art has allowed me to explore different media such as ceramics, wood working, drawing and metal working.
As I became a parent, my goal was to encourage my children to develop the same appreciation for art in all its forms. I have watched my daughter learn how to play the piano as a child and later taught her how to forge a piece of metal into a Roman Legion spear for her college history class. I have also passed on my love for metal working to my son as he completed a sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder and made a rose out of a cookie tin. Teaching my children these skills allowed me to renew my love for art and inspired me to branch out artistically.
My goal is to have re-used or re-purposed 80% or more of the materials in my pieces. I have learned to look at a piece of material and in addition to seeing it for what it was, seeing what it could become. I believe that is a primary goal of art. To teach us to look past the surface of not just a piece of art, a person or situation, and see not just who or what it is, but what they or it can become.
Here are just a few of Pat’s creations!