Texas muralist and painter Andrea Holmes infuses her work with environmental passion and a love of painting. Andrea is known as the bird lady for her series of bird paintings and her daily creation challenge, "Birdtober," held during October. Her social media following has expanded globally, where she inspires artists to create bird-themed art daily for one month. She recently directed her efforts to the National Audubon Lights Out campaign to educate people on light pollution and its effect on bird species. She explores the unattainable and elusive aspect of birds as reasons for her attraction to the subject matter.
Andrea and Chris share their fluid definition of what it means to be an artist. Conversation highlights include understanding imposter syndrome and the need to claim the artist within.
Andrea is currently writing a book with fellow artist Beth Fields about the artist's journey and the importance of mentorship. The book explores the power of mentorship through collaboration, not competition, in the voices of two very different artists. According to Andrea, part of the artist's journey is learning from other people, assimilating their technique, and making it yours.
In conclusion, Andrea shares art show booth tips and tricks with the listeners, including the importance of maintaining a positive attitude during the show, sending naysayers on their way, and providing a variety of price points in the booth. Andrea emphasizes that artists shouldn't be possessive of their tools because their power remains in their authenticity. Our unique creative DNA is our secret sauce.
For more information on Andrea, visit https://www.aholmesartstudio.com/.