Full Artist Bio

Andrew Orr Biography

The act of 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; an internal, declarative response of, “this could be a painting.”

Once I have found a subject I will often make sketches in pencil, making notes about colors, atmosphere, light, anything really that will help me remember the experience while I was in the field.  This collection of information will aid me in what I want to convey about the subject as I am painting.  It is of vital importance to me to become as familiar with my subject as possible before heading back into the studio.  In addition to notes, I use a camera, taking many photos of a scene from different angles and viewpoints. Often, in the field, with paints in hand, I will begin color sketches, field studies or smaller paintings but I find I can concentrate much better in the studio setting.  These color sketches however, are potentially the most important element in the process of a larger, more complex work.

In the studio, I will take from my reference materials those elements that I find important to the compositional whole, moving, adding or deleting items that will help to make what feels, to me, to be the best overall picture.   I begin loosely working the entire canvas building the layers of paint slowly.   The process moves in many directions, known and unknown.  Each painting is unique and each section, almost to the square inch, can sometimes require a different approach to create the whole and ultimately, hopefully, the big look of nature on the canvas.  Although, I am primarily a studio painter I strive to create paintings that retain a sense of spontaneity and life often associated with outdoor painting.

As I have painted since 1998, full-time, it is often hard to define what might be some of my artistic goals.  I feel fortunate to have been able to develop a career, over time, selling in galleries and teaching in many locations around the country.  I find that my goals as an artist would be above all, simply to paint better pictures.  I never want to be stuck in any one genre or compositional trap so I find that I am constantly challenging myself to design paintings that are a little more complicated or involved be it compositionally, a color sense, mood or conceptually.  I never want to stop growing.

 

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 summer day.  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 each day to see what the world has in store.  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. In some small way, I hope the viewer will feel some of what I felt when first viewing the subject and, in so doing, receive a glimpse of the poetry of nature.

LATE SUMMER LIGHT

LATE SUMMER LIGHT

Price: $1600
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

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BREAKING STORM

BREAKING STORM

Price: $1600
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

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THE MIGHTY OAK

THE MIGHTY OAK

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  24 in. x 36 in.

When Andrew first joined the gallery in the spring of 2018, he immediately sold my coveted Oak. It was smaller piece and sought after by many, many collectors. I promised him that if he continued selling we would have a show featuring the OAK. So here it is, from Wales, England "THE MIGHTY OAK", a truly amazing tree...plus stream and intricate grasses. Viewing in person, you will be totally amazed.

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AUTUMN AT GRIERSON’S POND

AUTUMN AT GRIERSON’S POND

Price: $9500
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  24 in. x 30 in.

WHOA........is this amazing or what!? You can stand in Fall or summer with Andrew's work. Take your choice!

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SUMMER VIEW

SUMMER VIEW

Price: $7500
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  20 in. x 24 in.

A most delicate view of summer in Vermont. Although a typical scene.......Andrew's fine handwork and detail elevate it to a spectacular level, making you feel actually present in the place.

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SUMMER TWILIGHT

SUMMER TWILIGHT

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

THE MOST delicate sunset you will ever see.

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AND THEN,  APRIL

AND THEN, APRIL

Price:
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  18 in. x 24 in.

Here comes spring and sheep in the meadow. Such a serene view just loaded with details and a lovely flowering, pink tree to be a perfect focal point.

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DAYS OF AUTUMN

DAYS OF AUTUMN

Price:SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

Fleeting fall departed all too quickly this year but still many picturesque spots to satisfy the need for gorgeous seasonal examples.

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LOOKING NORTH FROM THE LOWER FIELDS

LOOKING NORTH FROM THE LOWER FIELDS

Price:
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

Fleeting Fall this year but still many memorable scenes.

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A PLACE TO CALL HOME

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Price:SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  16 in. x 20 in.

Vermont's land and ambiance offers comfort to all that visit or choose to stay!

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Autumn Tapestry

Autumn Tapestry

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

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EARLY AUTUMN ON THE NORTH BRANCH

EARLY AUTUMN ON THE NORTH BRANCH

Price: sold
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  16 in. x 20 in.

Andrew is gaining great favor with viewers in his nature expressions using such finite detail of what brings us peace.

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WHERE PEACEFUL WATERS FLOW

WHERE PEACEFUL WATERS FLOW

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  18 in. x 24 in.

Andrew offers new work fresh off the easel that will mesmerize you and long for the coming summer.

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SUMMER

SUMMER

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

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COMES NOVEMBER

COMES NOVEMBER

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size:  9 in. x 12 in.

November is a month that transitions us from fall to winter!

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DESCEND INTO AUTUMN

DESCEND INTO AUTUMN

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 9 in. x 12 in.

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THE ENGLISH OAK

THE ENGLISH OAK

Price: $SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 11 in. x 13 in.

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LIFTING FOG

LIFTING FOG

Price: SOLD
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 7 in. x 8 in.

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