Artistic from childhood, Andrea Sawyer was a late bloomer as a serious painter. During her first trip to Provincetown in 1995 – thrilled as many first-time visitors are by the unique light – she took hundreds of photos and returned to her home in southern Maine determined to pick up a brush and even more determined to become far more than a “Sunday painter.” For several years she worked in watercolor, but drawn to the smell, feel and vibrant color, she switched to oils in the late 90’s and immediately found gallery representation, with her first solo show soon to follow.
Primarily self-taught, and inspired by the Wyeths, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper (to whom she is often compared), Andi is fascinated by how paint can catch the slanting light on the side of a building, a chair, a coffee pot and turn such mundane elements into highly collectible works of art. Given direction by enthusiastically supportive teachers and gallery owners both here and in Maine and New Hampshire, she has steadily refined her technique and found her true voice in P’town streetscapes and glowing and intimate still lifes. Her Provincetown paintings can be found in homes and offices all over the country.
In March of 2012, with her children grown and established and her husband still busily plying his trade as an attorney, Andi retired from her successful career selling Maine lakefront real estate and with great delight moved to the “garret”, the tiny rented space overlooking Provincetown harbor she has returned to for many years, to work exclusively as an artist. Storing art supplies in, under and on top of every possible surface, she paints in her kitchen listening to Leonard Cohen, Luciano Pavarotti and the sound of surf under the old sail loft she calls home.
Thrilled with her increased success at Charles-Baltivik Gallery last season, Andrea’s goal this year is to become the talk of the town in a town full of terrific artists. She’s just determined enough to make it happen – so if you’re smart you’ll snap up her work now so you can say you knew her when!
Click on the large image above to view a slide show of the images in the gallery.