Andrea Hook

Biography

I have always loved art and as a child I would frequently be found drawing the trees in the garden. I first worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in London and Dorset for fifteen years. One of my favourite posts was illustrating natural-history display-boards in watercolour & ink for Dorset County Council. They would be displayed at beauty spots around Dorset. As I wasn't allowed to sign my name on these, I would draw a little bird as a sort of signature instead. On having young children, I was moved to paint their portraits and I started to experiment with every media and subject over the following years - painting as often as work and family commitments allowed. The challenge of entering Open Art competitions appealed next and sometimes I was lucky to have my entries selected for exhibition. Highlights include: Winning the New Forest Open 2015 and being shortlisted for A&I AOTY 2017. It fulfilled a dream to have a painting in the Mall Galleries, and poignantly it depicted the old trees I loved in my childhood garden. I’ve been ‘sculpturing’ wildflowers using impasto paint applied with a painting knife. It felt a natural progression to print onto fabric, so my some of my floral paintings have been printed onto cushions and scarves. During lockdown I’ve been painting in oils using brushes. Subjects range from views of the garden, contents of my kitchen cupboards and revisiting favourite reference photos taken while out and about (in those freer times). They were waiting for a day to be painted and it seems - for some of them at least - than day has arrived! A big thank you for visiting :- ) You are warmly invited to join me on facebook and Instagram to see more :- ) Best wishes Andrea