I am a painter. I don’t wait for inspiration; I just do the work. There are so many things that can derail creativity. That’s why criticism or praise are equally dangerous, and why ultimately it’s useless. My only job is to continue to mature as an artist, learning how to paint freely and paint comfortably. One stroke at a time.
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At fourteen years of age Andrea Rushing was painting in acrylics, in both execution and subject matter his work far surpassed his age level in sophistication. Later by his own choice Rushing left college, and painting, for time in the Navy followed by a short stint in the defense industry. This detour broadened Rushing’s perspective and provided a great catalyst for change. He traveled, let the world educate him, and then finally came to understand that painting was his path.
Returning to creative work he studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and for the first time found himself at home among other artists. Rushing was pleased to be a part of artistic community and peers. From there the artist began to paint and gain recognition with Solo showings at San Diego State University, San Marcos State University, Michael J. Wolf Gallery in San Diego, The Heritage Art Gallery, The Reginald Ingraham Gallery of Los Angeles, and others.
Since then Rushing has become an Award-winning Artist who now continues taking commissions when he is not immersed in mentoring budding artists at his Fine Arts Academy. Rushing is currently agency represented by Shanna Fennel in Washington D.C. and available worldwide.
His is a distinctly European sensibility, driven by a profound interest in the human condition and by the insights humanity displays in response to that condition. At its lightest Rushing’s work suggests Magritte, showing life in an amused juxtaposition; at its most intense, Dali or Rousseau, where man and image confront each other in unnerving contrast. Rushing’s great power as a painter lies in his insights into human nature — sometimes as in studies of rich symbolism; other times in straightforward portraiture, where his brushwork reveals the sitter’s truth and destiny. And always things are rendered with compassion and elegance.