Islands In The Sea

Islands In The Sea

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