Andrea's work

" Ever since I can imagine, I’ve needed to be outside - adventuring, sketching, getting lost in the surroundings around me and in my drawings. Creating is my way of fully submerging myself into my world. "
" My art is inspired by the simple connection I hold with nature and the feeling I try to preserve with every painting or drawing. I feel most alive when I am out in the wilderness, and even more so when I create. "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

Last summer we (my boyfriend and I) had some friends visiting that were looking to climb Mt. Bierstadt – a Colorado 14er named after one of my favorite Romanticism painters, the more you know. I was stoked! After a few hours of slowly tackling the first part, our friends eventually …

Last summer we (my boyfriend and I) had some friends visiting that were looking to climb Mt. Bierstadt – a Colorado 14er named after one of my favorite Romanticism painters, the more you know. I was stoked! After a few hours of slowly tackling the first part, our friends eventually succumbed to the altitude, it’s no joke. I wanted to summit it so badly, but we were running out of time. However, when I looked over at my boyfriend, he responded “you know, if we go quick” – and we took off! We covered the remaining 2/3 of the hike in just a little over an hour and had the calmest afternoon 14er and a few PB&Js before making our way back down – grinning from ear to ear.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

If you haven’t read The Nature Fix by Florence Williams yet, I suggest you start right away. I’m a teacher and I’ve always been drawn to how our brains work. The processes of learning and creating are so intertwined, and since I can remember I’ve felt that connection. Imagination …

If you haven’t read The Nature Fix by Florence Williams yet, I suggest you start right away. I’m a teacher and I’ve always been drawn to how our brains work. The processes of learning and creating are so intertwined, and since I can remember I’ve felt that connection. Imagination is a powerful, powerful tool. So what’s great about this question, is that nature not only makes my brain feel inspired to create psychologically, it’s to me, what I love. When you are passionate about something, you can’t get enough. With every hike, adventure, and color – my work continues to grow and explore deeper and my mind feels calm and confident in the work. I went to art school back in the Midwest and I learned a ton of skills and thinking that helped prepare me to build my portfolio and become an art teacher. However, I always felt my work at that time was lacking and forced. It wasn’t until I moved West where I began to understand the part that I was missing, I found my passion, I needed the mountains.

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

Jeremy Collins is a huge inspiration, I am always in awe of his work and his constant evolvement as an artist. I love studying art history. A few artists that really speak to me through their engagement with nature are; JMW Turner, Van Gogh, & Georgia O’Keefe. Being on Instagram …

Jeremy Collins is a huge inspiration, I am always in awe of his work and his constant evolvement as an artist. I love studying art history. A few artists that really speak to me through their engagement with nature are; JMW Turner, Van Gogh, & Georgia O’Keefe. Being on Instagram has been the biggest factor in inspiring me to create my best work, there are so many artists that are absolutely crushing it, I can’t even begin to list. Alexander Von Humboldt. Okay, dorky. But I love reading about old explorations and scientists that devoted their lives to understanding nature. He’s not very famous, and he should be. Also, another person a Colorado 14er that has been named after!

What music accompanies you outdoors?

Usually, I don’t listen to a ton of music in the outdoors, I like the mountain sounds & conversations that happen on a hike or while doing some plein air painting. On the way there though, I’m a huge bluegrass fan. Trampled by Turtles & Trout Steak Revival (Denver band!) …

Usually, I don’t listen to a ton of music in the outdoors, I like the mountain sounds & conversations that happen on a hike or while doing some plein air painting. On the way there though, I’m a huge bluegrass fan. Trampled by Turtles & Trout Steak Revival (Denver band!) are some of my tops. I also hardly create a playlist without some Fleetwood Mac getting in there. I’ve also been getting back into podcasts & audiobooks more recently (especially with long car rides). Current favorite podcasts; She-Explores & Lizard People. Although anything science, lore and nature related, I can’t pass up!

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry:

Backpacker’s Pantry Katmandu Curry – always a treat. Though, we were recently gifted a dehydrator, so I’m looking forward to doing some experimenting and creating my own. Also, whoever is responsible for bringing the Stroopwafel into the world, thank you.

Backpacker’s Pantry Katmandu Curry – always a treat. Though, we were recently gifted a dehydrator, so I’m looking forward to doing some experimenting and creating my own. Also, whoever is responsible for bringing the Stroopwafel into the world, thank you.

What is your most prized piece of gear?

I just bought a Tepui Tent for the top of my Outback, that’s quickly making its way to the top of my gear list. I can’t leave the house without my Moleskine sketchbook and micron pen all neatly packed in it’s beat up gallon Ziploc bag.

I just bought a Tepui Tent for the top of my Outback, that’s quickly making its way to the top of my gear list. I can’t leave the house without my Moleskine sketchbook and micron pen all neatly packed in it’s beat up gallon Ziploc bag.

What is your favorite place to get outside? (or a favorite National Park?)

When I die, I want to go to Telluride.

When I die, I want to go to Telluride.

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

Wine or chocolate?
Wine (Red)
Best friend or favorite shoes?
Best friend
Chapstick or blister tape?
Chapstick (Winter) Blister Tape (Summer)

Wine or chocolate?

Wine (Red)

Best friend or favorite shoes?

Best friend

Chapstick or blister tape?

Chapstick (Winter) Blister Tape (Summer)