Andrea Myers Gallery
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Andrea Myers is a native of California, born in Palo Alto but raised around the orchards and rice fields of rural Gridley, CA. She has lived in a dozen different cities and towns throughout Northern and Southern California, and is now retired and enjoying life in Livermore, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). She was horse crazy as a child and often spent hours on the weekends drawing horses, going to the local library to check out books on riding (and for drawing references), and spending her weekly $1 allowance on twice-monthly hour-long riding lessons at a local stable with her equally horse crazy best friend from school. Those young days drawing horses sparked interest in high school to try oil painting during art classes. But oil painting was not for her, so she honed her artistic skills during her 20’s and 30’s on other interests: sewing, macramé, needlepoint, crewel embroidery, crochet, knitting, tole painting, you name it.
But at some point work and career took over and school absorbed all her spare time. While working full time at Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T, over the next 8 years she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Management through Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA (1992) and her Master of Science Degree in Systems Management at The College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA (1995), now Notre Dame de Namur University. With the completion of her degrees she then was able to be promoted to more interesting jobs within AT&T’s IT department. Again, work took over her life and any artistic endeavors were limited to decorating her home.
After 28 years with AT&T, jump to 2012 and a retirement offer could not be refused. Andrea took about two days to get used to retirement and began a life of leisure. About a year later during a phone conversation with her (very artistic oil painter) sister, her sister said, “You need to take some art classes.” That one little push put Andrea on a course that rekindled her desire to draw and create. Classes offered by Maryann Kot in Livermore showed her that she did, indeed, still have the ability to draw and create something that inspired awe in others. Since it has only been about 3 years since renewing her interest in drawing, Andrea mostly draws to gain experience in the different techniques offered through colored pencil and graphite/charcoal…different papers, both white or colored, suede mat board and Dura-Lar drafting film.
She is now a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America as well as the District Chapter 210 – San Jose . With her limited production of art work so far, and encouragement from her fellow colored pencil artist friends, she has participated in a few local shows and displays, as well as District Chapter 210’s annual ”Explorations in Colored Pencil” in 2015. No awards yet, but that doesn’t keep her from continuing with the learning process. Andrea is especially happy about meeting so many new friends while taking on this art form. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org