Andrea Merican is a true local Arizona artist. Her primary medium is watercolor. She is captivated by color and her works display this affinity. Her paintings reveal this obsession with color and light and show off her love of design.
I am an allegorical / mythological oil painter who paints classical realism.
My influences as a painter include old masters such as: Michelangelo Merisi (Caravaggio) -Peter Paul Rubens – Simon Vouet – Titan – Jan van Eyke – Guido Reni – Anthony van Dyck – Diego Velazquez – Rembrandt – William Adolphe Bouguereau -Guillaume Courtois – Philippe de Champaigne -Andrea Del Sarto – Juan Ruiz Soriano
We’ll start by going back three years ago. I say three years ago because that’s when things in my life and my work really started to make a turn for a new direction. I moved to Arizona and abandoned a stagnant life that I was far done within Alaska. When I moved here I was thrown into the social group of dirty climbers and wild divers(scuba and freedivers alike)….this was all a dramatic change from being hunkered down inside for more than eight months out of the year. These mini societies of rebels of the social norm adopted me in as one of their own and I gladly accepted them with open arms. Naturally this completely shaped my art. The following months and years were crammed trip to trip. Climbing marvelous desert pillars and diving deep underwater has driven me into crazy passionate love for these places that I feel not many People get the opportunity to explore. Painting was something I had done my whole life but now….in such a short time….I’ve found meaning. Sure I can take pictures of these places all day but that doesn’t give you the experience of the place. My work became a weird mix of realism and fantasy. People pick up sea shells and rocks from destinations that they have been to as reminders of them. Reminders of the outside magic the world has to offer is what I feel is the driving force in all of us. I call it magic because it’s the closest thing to describe the rejuvenating feeling to being surrounded by nature. As corny as it sounds i feel like my work captures slivers of the magical unknown everyone seeks and to have something like that you can see everyday when you wake up brings comfort. Maybe people wouldn’t be so sad if they brought some of the outdoors in?
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The fine arts has always been very personal to me. I use it not just to document but also to explore the world around me and record those experiences to share with others. My perspective is shaped by interests as diverse as geology, neoclassicism, and the spiritual. I don’t limit my art to specific genres or styles. Instead, I let each experience speak to me in its own way. Topics I have covered extensively in the past include human longing, ethereal atmosphere, and allegory.
There is a voice inside of us that we want the world to hear, but it
takes being honest about who you are and being vulnerable with the
viewers. I am a middle child, so of course, trying to stand out and be
heard has always been a part of what drives me. I grew up in a house
of women which included my mom and 2 sisters. We had to learn to
be strong and independent and I loved having that strength as I
became an adult. As a child, it had its disadvantages, but l learned
how to cope by bringing humor into every situation I could. I know
I’m painting whatever is inside of me that needs to be heard. I try not
to plan too much of what I do. It’s always exciting but it never
becomes easy. Not having too much control leads to inspirational
moments. I try to convey an idea and a feeling through images
instead of words. I love those moments when people connect with my
work and say “ah, I get it!” It’s a good feeling to know people get you
and you’re not alone in how you think!
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