About the Artist

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L. Jeffrey Andrews is a New Orleans-based artist making watercolor paintings that engage themes of identity, place, and relationship.

Jeffrey first studied painting at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and earned her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her artistic practice serves as a meditation on personal experiences, and through her paintings she brings clarity to the feelings that lie beneath appearances. Her work has been described as subtle, nostalgic, ethereal, and soulful. She has shown in several states, and occasionally sells paintings and prints out of Jackson Square in New Orleans.

When Jeffrey isn’t painting, she teaches watercolor classes at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and meets with other creatives to discuss the trials and tribulations of maintaining a creative practice. She is passionate about organization, simplification, and all things design-related. Jeffrey lives in a charming second-story apartment in Mid City with her dog, fiancé, and a few unwelcome cockroaches.

 
 
 

Artist's Statement

In my work, I capture the presence and quality of a person or place, similar to the way they exist in memory.  Parts of the images are clear, precise, and detailed; parts are lost, washed out, and vague. The natural movement of watercolor shapes this process, shifting my focus from strict representation to mood.

I do not use pencil drawings to begin my work. Instead, I carefully layer the watercolor to find and refine my image over the course of the painting. This approach allows for more collaboration with the medium, and forces me to be present as I work. Each decision I make becomes something to navigate. There are never any mistakes, only more problems to solve until the image resolves.

 
 
 

Curicculum Vitae

education

2012

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

2008 - 2009

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Studied towards Bachelor of Fine Arts

2006 - 2008

Thomas Aquinas College, Studied towards Bachelor of Liberal Arts

2006

Academy of Art University, Precollege Course

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

The 33rd Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library
Sheridan, WY

Faculty Show, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
New Orleans, LA

2017

Miniatures Exhibition, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
New Orleans, LA

2016

Group Show, The Bakery
New Orleans, LA

2012

Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA

2011

Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
James N. L. Sentz Book Award, Special Notice
Philadelphia, PA

2010

Tenderfoot Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Founder and Curator of Juried Student-Run Exhibition
Philadelphia, PA

2009

Recycled Art Competition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Honorable Mention Award
Philadelphia, PA

Selected Works, Chauncey Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Old Lyme, CT

2009 Merit Show, Chauncey Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Old Lyme, CT

 

Press

2017

The Type A Creative: Part Time vs Full Time Art

Creative Chair: 50 States - Louisiana with Lauren J. Andrews
Creative Chair 366 Award

2016

Arts Council New Orleans: Lauren J. Andrews Studio Visit