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 water colors and ink. In high school, she studied under Bill Manning, a Maine artist known for his striking abstracts.
Andrea fed her artistic juices while life intervened (husbands, children, careers, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds), working in textiles.
During Andrea Sawyer's 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 again. Inspired by the history and artistic culture of Provincetown, Andrea was also determined to become far more than a "Sunday painter." 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), Andrea Sawyer 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.
In March of 2012, with her children grown and established, and her husband still plying his trade as an attorney, Andrea Sawyer retired from her career selling Maine lakefront real estate and moved to 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, Andrea Sawyer primarily paints in the studio that she was able to buy after her husband's passing. It was as if Andrea's biggest supporter was able to give her one last gift.