Andrea Monroe ART
I was born one of four daughters in Berwyn, IL to Lithuanian American parents and worked in various creative fields while living as young adult in Chicago. My inspiration to paint emerged from unexpected paths, namely that of a spiritual one after the birth of my son in 2003, when I put my first image on canvas. From then to now, I have created several mini series that often times embrace tongue-in-cheek humor and sensuality.
Soon to retire from the film business that has kept me going all these years, I plan on a full time, uninterrupted art career.
I’ve been inspired by the colors of Fauvism used by Matisse or as late as Peter Max, the pointillism of Paul Signac, and the surrealism of Frida Kahlo. The patterns and designs of Mexico, South America, Africa, and
Japan have and still are a heavy influence in my work.
All my paintings develop through a solid control of my paintbrush and mix of acrylic hues. I focus on bursts of color with concentration on shapes and lines, rendering a smooth, flat finish to the final painting.
Before I create, deliberations between my consciousness and the universe begin to arise. If worded, the conversation goes something like this, “I’m open now. Please show me the way.” I am then answered with an image…a woman bounding towards the viewer on a stallion or that of Mother Nature’s ballgown camouflaged as ominous storm clouds. More than likely, each painting is reflective of some emotional aspect of my life. I invite the viewer into a symbolic world filled with charm, fascination, and mischievousness. One can’t help but to engage in their “universal speak” and wonder what’s going on in them.