GOING WITH THE FLOW
Andrea Stutesman’s early art explorations began with pastels under the guidance of her mother, an accomplished painter. Through the years Andrea focused on textiles and created art quilts. In 2014 she took her first drawing course and began working with charcoal and graphite. This quickly blossomed into a love of color pencil painting and now Andrea creates highly detailed, realistic images inspired by nature and wildlife.
Andrea begins a colored pencil painting by deciding on an inspiring subject and laying in a design that reflects various aspects of her subjects personality. Working on professional fine art paper, Andrea lays in areas of color with pastels or watercolor paints. She usually begins with the subjects eyes.
Andrea’s paintings build up in layers. She works the pigment of the pencils into the texture of the paper, using wax based pencils to lay in colors, oil based pencils to define details, and hard pencils to blend and burnish the 15-20 layers that create the finished image. Andrea often works with a magnifier which helps her to control her very specific placement of color. Colored pencil paintings are finished with a protective fixative.
Andrea loves bright colors and looks for complex textures to depict. She continually works on expanding her visual toolbox, and looks for non-traditional ways to solve creative challenges. Currently, she is developing her watercolor and oil painting skills, and exploring the beauty of aging and rust on found objects. She finds parallels in the pursuit of medicine and art saying “Both allow me to explore nature and continually expand my options!”
While on a family vacation as a child, Andrea passed through the Blue Ridge Mountains and decided that some day she would live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Upon growing up, Andrea followed in her father’s footsteps and became a physician. She and her husband practiced in Hickory, NC for 18 years and raised four children. In Lynchburg, VA Andrea practiced Pain Management and Addiction Medicine for 13 years, receiving multiple local and state awards. The Children’s Miracle Network recognized Andrea for her dedication to treating young mothers with addiction and improving their baby’s outcomes. In 2018, Andrea retired from medicine and fulfilled her dream of moving to Black Mountain, NC and pursuing art.