Art emerges from the artist's deepest creative self. It must include, but transcends, good technique. My work describes, through my realistic landscapes, simplicity of life that exists both in reality (sometimes) and in longing. At the other end of the spectrum, my abstract work reflects the complex and unresolved mysteries of life that continue to baffle human beings.
My creative journey is reflected in the evolution of my work. Visual awareness is, for me, made up of both an internal dimension which is the repository of my life experiences, and an external dimension which is the complexity of life as "seen". My subconscious floods me with an array of pictures, colours, and emotions that I am compelled to express on paper. A single image can move on a creative path that takes on a life of its own. It carries me along, and I build on it until the creative journey ends. In my work, there is usually a fun, humorous side, and a light side with playful images of cats and fish, contrasted against a darker and forbidden glimpse into the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest in a predator world. The balance between the light side and the dark side lend an emotional depth to my work.
At crucial turning points in my life, I have been mentored by people who have inspired me to continue my view through art. Chenowth Hall, professor of art at the University of Maine in Machias was an early inspiration. She recognized that creating works of art was a core part of who I am and encouraged me to attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine on a scholarship in 1968, 1969, and 1976. Also I attended George Brown School of Technology in Toronto in 1972. After attending an art seminar with Zoltan Szab in 1975, his presentation instilled in me the basic intricacies of working with watercolour and inspired me to pursue my art career as a professional artist.
At present I am owner and curator of the Jerome Andrews' Studio and Gallery Deer Island, West Isles, New Brunswick. One can find me at work in my studio regularly, and anyone is welcome to visit my gallery and studio with or without an appointment during the summer months or by appointment during the winter months.