Andrew's paintings are the result of a life spent in nature. Growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was usually hunting and fishing with his father in the Missouri River Valley. He began drawing birds from life and Audubon prints, and studied academic painting in the studio of Fran Day. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Iowa State University with a minor in art, and won the Iowa Duck Stamp competition at the age of 22 which launched his fine art career.
The Joslyn Art Museum provided Andrew with his earliest art lessons. He visited the museum often where the complete collection of original watercolors by Karl Bodmer were on exhibit. Studying Bodmer’s pieces and learning about his expedition through North America kindled his passion for travel and painting outside. Andy embarked upon his own expedition of sorts, traveling and painting in Africa, North and South America, Romania, Morocco, Spain, Italy France and Ireland. His plein air paintings faithfully capture light and beauty from life and are a key strength of his richly imbued larger works.
Andrew exhibits at the Prix de West Invitation at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma city, and at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. He has also exhibited at the Joslyn Art Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Colorado History Museum.Inquire