“It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ― Epictetus
As a young child growing up in Mexico City, Andrea spent many hours drawing and painting her impressions of Xochimilco Gardens' flower-covered gondolas; the Palacio de Bellas Artes folkloric ballet performances; and traditional bullfights at the Plaza Mexico.
These sights, accompanied by the smells, flavors and sounds of the culturally rich metropolis formed her world. Andrea's early impressions of the great pyramids as well as the works of the great Mexican muralists inspired her love of art.
When her family moved to the smaller Northern city of Saltillo, the eleven year-old traded her childhood watercolor set for a box of professional pastel sticks and began formal art studies at an atelier with a vista to the Cathedral.
Three years later Andrea was uprooted again --this time to Guadalajara. Only thirteen and unable to transfer immediately into a new middle school, she was propelled by her father into more formal art studies at the University of Guadalajara 'Escuela de Artes Plasticas'.
Upon completing High School, Andrea had the opportunity to attend Olivet College in Michigan, her mother's birthplace. As an apprentice she studied several forms of printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and art history.
After graduating with honors, Andrea continued to paint and exhibit her work as a graduate assistant in graphic design at Western Michigan University.
While raising three sons and freelancing in graphic design, Andrea ached to return to her life-long pursuit of art. This longing led her to the Helen Cunniff studio/gallery in Lake Orion, Michigan in 1999 which, after Cunniff's passing, Andrea reopened the gallery as Art of Living studio/gallery. There she continued the tradition of providing life drawing sessions for local artist as well as pursuing her training in portraiture. In 2002 she co-founded the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA).
As a result of a catastrophic fire in downtown Lake Orion, Andrea closed her gallery. She moved to Florida as a producer for a documentary company, which took her to many different states.
Andrea recently settled down in Santa Fe, the "City Different" where she feels most at home as she pursues her art, Art of Living Painting Workshops, writing and living well.
She maintains that, first and foremost, life is her art, whether it results in painting or simply remaining grateful for all the faces and places which have enriched her life experience.