Andrea Pottyondy is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and its Atlantic Representative. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally. A solo show of her works, “Blooms and Vistas”, will be featured at NovelTea Bookstore Cafe, 622 Prince St, Truro, for the month of May. The show opens Saturday, May 7th, and Andrea will be there from 1pm- 4pm. She hopes the show will inspire smiles and stir emotions deep within to make viewers wonder.
Why do you make art?
I make art because it’s such a natural thing for me to do and the way I express myself best. Art making and art appreciating have always been an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine a day without it.
How do you work?
I usually work in the mornings because it’s my most creative time. I head to my “artarage”, which is a small studio above the garage, put on a CD or CBC radio and warm up by working on small canvasses or boards. I usually paint from memory or my own photo references and have several artworks going at the same time. I start with backgrounds, usually in a very abstracted manner and build up layers with acrylics, perhaps adding collage and using w/c crayons, charcoal, etc. Eventually the painting tells me where it wants me to go!
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are creative thinkers. By simply visiting an art gallery or museum, we can learn about different cultures and societies in a beautiful way. Art can be political and can incite future change. Some artists depict their present times so that future generations may have a better understanding of the past. Without artists the world would be a very beige and sad place. My motto is Art is Beauty, Art is a Healer and Art Makes us Human.
Which artist has inspired you the most?
When I was a child I loved looking in the art section of the encyclopedia. I could look at Vermeer’s paintings over and over. I was enthralled with how he captured the light. As I got older artists such as Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Montreal based Beaver Hall Group, Doris McCarthy and many more continue to inspire me.
What themes do you pursue?
My art themes tend to have a narrative element. I am known for my floral paintings which I do from memory and emotion. I like change and work on a variety of series at any given time. I begin a new series when I am inspired by a story or personal experience, travel and the natural environment. Right now I am painting portraits of ravens, crows and black birds without using black paint. I’ve also been working on a series of Nova Scotian landscapes using oils on 8×10 wood panels. Titles are intuitive.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I met collectors of my artwork at an art opening. It was a nice experience hearing that my art brought them joy. Another person said his wife had tears in her eyes when he presented her with one of my artworks. I love making art but it’s the response to art that really matters.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for other?
It’s never too late to do what you love.
Where do you sell your work?
You can find my gallery listings on my website www.artarage.com and see what I am painting on my facebook art page at www.facebook.com/AndreaPottyondyArt
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