About Andrea Clarkson

Born 1966 --- Toledo, Ohio, United States

From an early age, Andrea Clarkson began drawing what she saw. “In the spring I would watch as my grandfather stripped and varnished his wooden boat in the dusty yard of the marina. The visions of my grandpa and his boat stuck in my head, and I had to put them down on paper when I got home. I drew on old envelopes, Hershey Bar wrappers—anything that was lying around.”

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and ceramics from Bowling Green State University, she continuted to study traditional painting and drawing while developing her own contemporary perspective. When asked, “What is your style?” Clarkson says, “I am not married to a certain technique or subject matter, but if I had to describe my intentions in one word, the term ‘Naturalism’ works best. The things I paint interest me as they are. I am the translator of what I see.

Clarkson's subject matter ranges from the seaside fish markets and street scenes in Mexico to the way light and shadow create harmony in a still life or a person's face. Expressive brushwork, thoughtful composition and good drafting skills are the guiding principles with every new piece.

Artist's Statement

"Nature's subtle and powerful beauty is what I strive to portray. The world I live in is my focus, and the people and places of my everyday life are my favorite subject. Everything I see presents an opportunity to study how light reveals form which is the essence of my work. Expressive brushwork, thoughtful composition and good drafting skills are guiding principles with every new piece. My work does not have a particular style-it is simply what I see."


Education

2006-2009The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts,
Chicago, IL Workshops
2005-2007Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ Workshops
2003Fechin Art Institute, Taos, NM Workshop
1984-1988Bowling Green State University, BFA, Magna Cum Laude
1987Internship, Beaumont Pottery, York, ME
            

Awards & Exhibitions

2013Old Courthouse Arts Center "Real People" National Juried Competition Woodstock, IL
2013National Society of Artists - National Juried Exhibit - Clute, TX
2013LeSo Art Gallery - "Overture II" - Juried Exhibition - Toledo, OH
2012Northwest Area Arts Council — "Women’s Works National Juried Exhibition" – Woodstock, IL
2012Richeson 75 — "Small Works 2012" — International Juried Exhibition – Kimberly, WI
2011Maryland Federation of Art — "Small Wonders 2011" — National Juried Exhibition – Annapolis, MD
2011Impact Artists’ Gallery — National Juried Exhibition – Buffalo, NY
2011Old Courthouse Arts Center — "Real People" — National Juried Competition – Woodstock, IL
2011Lancaster County Art Association – "National Juried Exhibition" – Strasburg, PA
2011Emerald Art Center – “Emerald Spring Exhibition" – National Juried Competition - Springfield, OR
2010Impact Artists’ Gallery – "National Juried Exhibition” – Buffalo, NY •First Place Award
2010National Society of Artists – "National Juried Exhibit" -- Clute, TX
2010Jasper Community Arts - "National Juried Exhibit" - Jasper, IN
2010Emerald Art Center - "Emerald Spring Exhibition" - National Juried Competition - Springfield, OR
2009Old Courthouse Arts Center - "Real People" - National Juried Competition - Woodstock, IL
2007Avatar -- "Ten" -- Group Exhibition - Toledo, OH
2006Hudson Gallery - "A Few of My Favorite Things"-- Group Exhibition -- Sylvania, OH
2006The Gallery at Sophie's Sister - Group Exhibition -- Toledo, OH

Associations

The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
National Society of Artists, Santa Fe, TX
Oil Painters of America


Professional Experience

2003-CurrentFine Artist
1995Arts Unlimited and Toledo Museum of Art (Instructor)

Publications

"City Paper," Toledo, OH -- December 21, 2005 --Feature story about studio exhibition
"Richeson 75 International Small Works" -- 2012 Exhibition Catalog