Andi's Story ....
Artistic from childhood, Andrea Sawyer was a late bloomer as a serious artist.
Andrea grew up in Falmouth, Maine, where her artistic gift was recognized as early as third grade when her teacher pulled her aside and plopped her in front of an easel for the first time. Throughout her childhood, Andrea dabbled in watercolors and ink. In high school, she studied under Bill Manning, a Maine artist known for his striking abstracts. Then life happened, as she raised four children with her late husband, Larry Sawyer, had careers in kitchen design and real estate, and became a weaver and spinner.
During Andrea Sawyer's first trip to Provincetown in 1995 - enchanted, 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 paintbrush again.
For several years she worked in watercolor, but she switched to oils in the late 90s, drawn to the smell, feel and vibrant color, 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), she has also studied at Maine College of Art and taken classes with well-known local artists. Andrea 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 supportive teachers and gallery owners in Provincetown, Maine and New Hampshire, Andrea has steadily refined her technique and found her true voice in Provincetown's streetscapes and interiors. Her Provincetown paintings can be found in private and corporate collections all across the country.
Moving full-time to Provincetown in 2012, Andrea retired from her career selling Maine lakefront real estate and lived in "the garret", a tiny rented space overlooking Provincetown Harbor. Storing art supplies in, under and on top of every possible surface, she painted in her kitchen listening to Leonard Cohen, Luciano Pavarotti and the sound of surf under the old sail loft she called home. Now an established Provincetown artist, she has a separate studio for larger work but paints mostly in her smaller studio in the Commercial Street home she shares with her fiancé, Brian O'Malley. She's currently working on a project called 12x12x12x12, 144 12x12 oils on canvas, and a dozen of these are available at Bakker Gallery, 359 Commercial Street, Provincetown.