Biography

 

 

 

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." 

Clarkson studied art at Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and ceramics.  An exploration into the field of production pottery lead her to York, Maine were she worked as a Potters assistant at Beaumont Pottery.  Later she painted murals and taught art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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. Naturalism is defined as "the depiction of nature" as opposed to an idealized portrayal of something. 

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.  "My work does not have a particular style," she says, "it is simply what I see."