Andrew Orr (b. 1969) combines impressionism and touches of realism to create paintings that reflect his love of nature and beauty. His paintings are direct and rich, with clear color, expressing his passion for light and life.
Andrew began painting at an early age. His training includes courses at the University of New Mexico , private study with Joseph Mcgurl, impressionist Carol McIlroy and Gloucester artist, David P. Curtis. His work has shown in galleries throughout the United States, has won awards with juried exhibitions and has been featured in one man shows from Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, NM to Cincinnati, OH . In the Northeast his work has been featured with solo exhibition at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT and displayed with national exhibitions of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionists Society, the North East Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.
Listed in Who’s Who in America, full time artist, Andrew is a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York, the American Artists Professional League, Oil Painters of America, the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Professional Porcelain Artist Association, and he is a newly elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists. A winner of many awards, the artist also serves as juror and teaches regularly.
“For me, painting is about expressing the joy and excitement I feel, through colors and brush strokes, after having come upon a scene that has sparked an internal, emotional response; that response that causes one to internally say, “I have to paint this.”
” I create art as part of my desire to help bring something of aesthetic beauty to the world. My paintings are about joy, about expressing the excitement I feel when I see light falling on an autumnal tree or the beauty of a newly opened flower. They are about my curiosity and intrigue with objects, old and new; they are about those things that inspire me, that give me a reason to get out of bed to see what the world has in store for that day. It is my hope that the viewer of my work will be inspired by what they see, that through one of my paintings their day might be somehow lifted, changed, enlightened or even considered ‘lighter.’ ”