“The impetus for good illustration is the drive of the creative to develop an image that simply communicates an idea efficiently. The impetus for great art is the will of the artist to develop work that challenges viewership to think critically and compassionately. As an educator, helping illustration students to understand this distinction enough to characterize their own work is timelessly important.”
Andrew is an artist and illustrator living and working in Brockton, Massachusetts. Much of the emphasis of his own teaching comes from years of experience with Montessori-styled arts instruction in western Connecticut. Having built an educator’s vocabulary that relies on some understanding of the prototypical twenty-first century student, his focus as a teacher and illustrator is to inspire invention and creative footwork commensurate to how quickly modern information and ideas are shared in a world where the archetypal definitions for artists are becoming increasingly smeared together. The spirit of his commercial work is represented by a wandering history of working for state-funded advocacy groups and corporations, independent record labels, and educational systems. In his studio work, his research interests include and have included: American cartoons and comics; the epic tradition; the human condition; arts advocacy as public policy; and the modern epidemiology of American opioid abuse in disenfranchised communities across the United States.
Education: BFA Illustration, Montserrat College of Art, 2007