Florida based artist, Andrea McKoy, has always had a passion for creative expression. From her first drawing on her Playskool Chalkboard to designing yearbook covers and illustrations in school, sign & mural painting, experience as a make-up artist and as the Visual Display Manager for a department store—it is a creative thread that ties these life experiences together.
An entrepreneurial spirit led her to design and invent NoodlePetz pool toys in 2011. She has worked as as a Graphic Designer for more than 20 years and has only taken on painting as a full-time artist in the last year.
Two subjects that she cannot avoid in her art are horses and the the human figure—both are a recurring theme, occasionally with a vintage twist, in her art today. Growing up Andrea raised and showed horses and dabbled in modeling—today she explores both the equine and human subjects in her paintings with purpose and passion while striving to capture their spirit from alternate perspectives with expressive color and texture. Today she paints primarily in oils, however she still occasionally returns to acrylics, watercolors and pastels for variety. Her current artist influences include Michael Carson, Lesley Humphrey and Izumi Kogahara.
Awards and accolades include: Vision 2014 Merit Award, mixed media acrylic painting, 1998 Best in Show 3D sculpture Brevard Community College Student art show, 1997 digital art selected to tour internationally with the SIGGRAPH Student Poster and Animation competition and exhibition; 1978 First place, Duval County District school art show, printmaking.
Affiliations include American Academy of Equine Art, Orlando Museum of Art and Strawbridge Art League.