Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona
Andrea Smith was born in Detroit, lived in Hawaii 35 years, and is now living in Sedona, Arizona. She has cataloged more tha 4000 paintings throughout her career and has completed or designed several scupltures.
Andrea, also known as World Peace Artist, is a painter whose work shows a spontaneous transfer of thoughts to the paper or canvass. She had painted professionaly in excess of 55 years earning numerous awards and medals. Working with watercolor primarily, her work is in museums and private collections worldwide.
"I keep my art at a level where anyone can afford to own it,
whether it is a painting, a print, card deck or coloring book."
~ Andrea Smith
Her newest projects include a deck of spiritual reading cards of 34 original paintings, Enlighten Up, and a coloring book based on a Course in Miracles.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO ME AND HOW I STARTED PAINTING
In 2009, I sold my business of nine years in the gift basket business. After a few months of boredom, I signed up for an oil painting class at the local community center. When I arrived, I noticed everyone had a story as to why they were there.
I realized quickly, that I could paint. I was in shock. As I progressed in my newly found talent, I noticed the top of my head would pulsate. Sometimes the throbbing would be strong and disruptive. Pulsating is the best way to describe it because it felt like a heartbeat on the very top of my head, encapsulating my entire skull. This continued for about two years. Sometimes it felt stronger than other times, and usually it was more energetic while I was painting.
My paintings seemed uninteresting and typical. I kept thinking I need to add another layer, something extraordinary, creating movement and a looser stroke.
After two weeks of meditating on this, I came up with the tissue paper idea. One morning as I awoke, a light bulb went on… and so it began.
For two years I experimented with the technique, including burning about twelve canvases in my firepit. My earlier paintings had less dimension, and as it advanced, the paintings became sculptures adding more and more layers. Now, a typical painting can protrude about two to three inches from the canvas. I’m still perfecting my method and every painting allows me to push the envelope.
I am extremely grateful for my talent and feel connected to the angelic world since my download of inspiration and creativity. Since then, I meditate regularly and ask for guidance on how to proceed with certain art projects. I will continue to paint for many years to come and you can expect new paintings in the future inspired by the heavens. ~ Michelle Larsen
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