A specific color. A captivating play of light. A moment in time. A mood or an unusual perspective. These are the inspirations that speak to my soul and inspire me to create. The challenge and process of replication are what motivates me to create.
Originating with her first drawing on her Playskool Chalkboard, Florida artist Andrea McKoy has nurtured her passion for creative expression over her lifetime. Outside of a few art classes in high school and college, Andrea is chiefly self-taught as a painter and is formally trained as a graphic artist. She took to painting full-time in 2017.
She is fascinated by both equine and human figures—as these are the primary themes of her paintings. She trained and showed horses during her youth throughout the state of Florida. This sentiment is what fuels her passion for exploring horses in her paintings today. As for the human figure—Andrea feels it is one of the most challenging subjects for any artist. She is continuously amazed at how easily the smallest mark can change an entire expression.
“The more I paint, the more I see that I have yet to paint,” she says about her motivation. She finds her inspiration in capturing light, movement, moods, and unique perspectives. She thrives on the creative challenge of manipulating color, texture, and composition to interpret her observations. Yet, she does admit her favorite moments of the painting process are the unplanned happy accidents.
She works primarily with oils, although occasionally she returns to acrylics, watercolors, pastels and even sculpture for creative variety. Her love of texture leads her to experiment with different application methods, and this occasionally includes mixed media.
Andrea’s work is in many private collections across the U.S.
Awards and accolades include:
Vision 2019 two Merit Awards, oil
Vision 2014 Merit Award, mixed media acrylic
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 The American Academy of Equine Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Foosaner Art Museum and Strawbridge Art League.