Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Goldsmith.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started painting after the birth of my son when I was 29 years old. My mother was the artist in the family. I grew up in NYC surrounded with oil paints spread out on the dining room table and the smell of turpentine in the air. I always sketched in the margins of my school papers, portraits and triangles, the same images as is in my art now. My father was the dancer, the life of the party at weddings. Though I played clarinet in the band, I had no artistic aspirations until college, when I discovered theater and dance.
I studied jazz dance for a few years in New York City before relocating to New Hampshire. I took painting workshops in Nantucket and then New Hampshire and I knew right away this is what I was meant to do. I painted watercolors of the landscape and started selling my work right away. I switched to oil painting and portraiture, working from the live model. I was fortunate to have excellent instructors at the then Manchester Institute of Arts and Science. I met many artists and became very active in the statewide art association. I traveled to Vermont for a workshop through Art New England with the artist Wolf Kahn. From there, I continued my studies at the Boston Museum School. That lead to a couple of workshops in Europe, first in Hydra, Greece and later in Italy, followed by a few solo painting trips to Italy. My work started changing after the trip to Greece where I started abstracting images from the gates and ruins and old buildings.
I returned to New York City for a few years and continued to develop my abstract painting. At the same time, several friends wanted me to paint portraits of their pets and that’s how I started doing commissions. My mother’s health brought me to Miami in 2013, initially to Sunny Isles in Miami and to Delray Beach almost three years ago. I started my dance paintings while in Miami, which are based on my own experience competing and watching ballroom dance competitions. I continue to partner dance in a variety of styles.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have been painting for 36 years so there have definitely been challenges along the way. Some times have been totally focused on art and other times have been devoted to being a single mother or making a living. It’s always a balancing act.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in abstract paintings, portrait commissions, and paintings of ballroom dancers. I love to paint and my interests, while varied, are similar in style. My work can be recognized by my broad brushstrokes and even my more realistic work has a strong abstract element to it. My work is expressive and I think influenced by my love of music and dance. I am proud to have shared my work through many exhibitions and a large solo show at the JCC Alper Futernick Family Gallery in Miami. My paintings and portraits, as well as prints and merchandise, are available in all sizes and price ranges online and by appointment at my studio in Delray Beach.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
I am so grateful to my many instructors in New England. I am fortunate to have developed a strong network of artist friends in my earlier days of painting and I also had strong support from my family.
- Paintings $25-2500
- Portrait Commissions $89-$1800
- Prints and Merchandise $14-$300
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.andreagoldsmith.com
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- Twitter: @andreapaint
- Youtube: Andrea Goldsmith Art