I'm Andrea Lewicki and I am an abstract painter/writer/thinker.
Abstract art draws me in and knocks my socks right off. I love the disruption of it and how it either makes you think in a divergent, expansive way or pushes you away immediately. I also love discovering the context of abstract art. I spend a lot of my non-studio time reading and learning about creative lineage in abstraction, and I am deeply interested in artists who followed their own wild instincts.
I adore creative nonfiction and everyday, unromantic poetry. I worship at the literary church of John McPhee and Annals of the Former World is my favorite book, ever. I am perpetually re-reading it.
My art studio looks out upon a small lake way out yonder from Seattle and I am ridiculously happy about this. LakeTV is quite captivating and has turned me into a studio hermit.
Once upon a time I was a legit rocket scientist and once upon another time I got paid to drink beer on the job at a ridiculous hour of the morning. Working for large companies wrecked my spirit. Twice. Art saved me both times.
Also, I wear a lot of yellow. Zuri dresses are my wardrobe staples -- they are freedom and style with comfort and color. When I go to an event where I don't know anyone, I look for the people who are also wearing colorful clothing and strike up a conversation. I recommend trying it.
I cultivate a community of creative contagion and positive momentum. What does that actually mean? It means I go out of my way to tempt people into making art and surround them with other people doing the same thing. I seek out abstract artists and am currently interested in conversations in the greater Seattle area about discussion of abstract work.
I occasionally offer workshops in the Seattle about creative voice, expanding creative expression, and other topics as the muse strikes.