Andrea Ryan is an an artist, paint-maker and an academic coach through her tutoring business. Her paintings and drawings are attempts to fully engage with her subjects and capture their stories in gestures and searching lines. Her figure drawings not hinged on form or anatomy, but rather reaching toward the human person as in conversation. The more abstracted pieces reflect a struggle to temporarily shed the conscious mind to see beneath. Along with her art, her methods as a paint-maker and tutor stem from a central mission to understand and unravel the stories and narratives of herself and people.
These stories shape and Inform our reality and ability to connect with others. She makes her paints in traditional method, from raw pigment to mulling, the process imbues them with a story : "My mother, originally from Iraq, told me when I was born my grandmother pinned little eyes to my clothes. I learned that the eye is meant to protect what is most intrinsically precious to us, and to ward of envy or negative influence. I wanted to pass the tradition of the eye on to artists in the process of creating; remembering to see like an infant, ogling at strangers, unaware of yourself or others perceptions. A place unclouded by assumption or judgments, where honest observation and curiosity can flourish is space worth protecting."
Andrea has taught classes at Art 180 including comic book writing and fundamentals of drawing , with art as the language to tell personal narrative. These experiences are moments that breed human connection and compassion by creating and learning together. As an educator, I think approaching obstacles with creativity leads to understanding and compassion.