Islands In The Sea

Islands In The Sea

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The ChocMo Show

My three amazing girls with me at the ChocMo Opening on July 19th.
My show at ChocMo has been a big success so far! The reception on July 19th was very well attended and two works were sold that night. Two more have sold since then, with the latest, Planet Hunter, going just this week.

I have had so much positive feedback from everyone to view the show and I appreciate every bit of it. I love hearing the diffierent stories and ideas people attach to my works--some so close to my own original ideas and some that go in completely different directions and even serve as inspiration for potential future works! I'm already back in the studio working on new painitngs and a few sculptures as well. I am also investigating galleries in Seattle, trying to find the ones that are the best potential fit for my work.
Take a look at these shots from the opening at ChocMo, in Poulsbo. Thanks so much to my friend and fellow artist, Derek Gundy for being the photographer for the evening!

Grandma and Granpa were attempting to "help" my girls
 finish their awesome ChocMo dessert!

Peter and Coleen running the show at ChocMo--
The Angry Orchard in front of them was also a big hit that night!

These are the works that have sold thus far. All are going to really good homes. :)
The show is up until the end of August so there is still time to get down to
ChocMo and claim your favorite piece!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My New Show at ChocMo!

Things have been very busy! I have been working hard on new paintings for my show at ChocMo, in Poulsbo ( and loaded the whole show in on June 29th. I am very excited at the way it all looks! I think my tree series blends very well with my science/religion/philosoph based work. They just use a specific vehicle to move the story and ideas along. It has been great really enjoyable creating them and I doubt that I am through with the theme.

There will be an Artist's Reception at ChocMo on Thursday, July 19th, from 7-9pm. One lucky patron will get a personalized tree drawing from me created on the spot! You can't win if you're not there, so mark your calendar!

Huge thank yous go out to Derek Gundy, from Artist's Edge ( and Mary Ryan, the art space manager at ChocMo, for all of their help in getting this show together. Below are some pics from the show and from the studio. You can see what a great space ChocMo offers!

 Works in the studio.

 Surrender 16 x 20 and Dream Commute 24 x 30

 Foglifter 16 x 20

 Family Tree 40 x 30

 Searchlight 16 x 20 and Energies Conservation 18 x 12

 Falls 20 x 30 and Crown 18 x 24 

The night before load-in---gathering all my "children." :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Two New Paintings

Here are a couple of new paintings that continue the "sentient tree" theme I started in, Meditation. You can see these works in person along with the work of many local artists this coming Wednesday night, May 23rd, at The Festival of The Arts at Kingston High School. This is a free event with dance, music, theatre and visual arts from all over the North Kitsap community.

Both of these paintings are 18" x 24" acrylic and each can be purchased for $500.

Still Learning  18" x 24" acrylic
by James Andrews

Getting There  18" x 24"  acrylic
by James Andrews

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Just Completed: Family Tree

I just finished this work this evening--I've been working on it for a few weeks now. Whereas the last work shows a little more Parrish influence, this one--aside from the rich blue sky--has more of a stylistic nod to one of my other favorite painters, Andrew Wyeth. It's called, Family Tree, and like much of my work, concerns our universal desire to make meaning of our existence. There is some science at play here as well--the subject of time in particular, as I see each of the three women as the same individual existing simultaneously in non-tensed space-time. The "lighthouse as church" shows up here,as it does in several of my pieces--it has just always seemed natural to me join the two.

What do you see?

Family Tree 30x40 acrylic
Available for $1200
James Andrews

Detail of the lighthouse

Detail of figure

Detail of young girl

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The New Work

I'm very happy to be experiencing such a productive time in my creative career. The ideas and work are flowing out of me more rapidly than ever. I am so lucky to have my teaching to keep me on my toes and keep my skills sharp.

The element of story is paramount in my work. I really enjoy leaving little symbolic clues in my paintings to help tell the tale of each piece for the viewer. I am often pleasantly surprised to hear the different ways people interpret my work. To me, it is more important for my viewers to make a personal connection to one of my works, to find their own story, rather than "get" what may have been my intended meaning.

My latest pieces are largely about our search for meaning and often mix bits of religion & philosophy with science. The piece pictured here is titled, Meditation. It is a 24x36 acrylic on canvas and is available for $1200.

Meditation 24x36 acrylic
by James Andrews