An artist’s signature style can tell a lot of the person’s character by the colours and elements they use and Andrea Carew-Reid’s illustrations are indicative of her strong love for animals and colours. Her success on social media has spearheaded Andrea to pursue her own online store that sells originals and prints as well as lovely home wares. There’s definitely nothing stopping this girl chasing her love of animals, cultural designs and art and Vashti had the chance to speak to this amazing artist about her love affair with all things beautiful.
VM: What got you started down this artistic/creative path?
ACR: I have loved art since I can remember. During high school art was the only class I put 100% effort into and I knew that was the only path for me, so after school I continued my arts study at TAFE then University.
VM: What would be one of your fondest moments of art?
ACR: I have many fond moments of art as it brings me a lot of joy, one of my most memorable would be when I was 13. I did a little watercolour painting of some puffins that my mum had framed and entered it into the local show. It won its category and also most popular in show. I got a gift voucher and I spent the entire thing on a very expensive set of watercolour paints that I treasured.
VM: There is a hint of tribal influences in your paintings. Is that deliberate?
ACR: I just love the intricate beauty of patterns and pattern is a strong element in tribal art. I love the extensive and precise detail in indigenous Australian artwork, the geometrical balance of African and Aztec art, and the organic shapes and bright colours used in Turkish and morocco design. I guess I am influenced by traditional cultures from all over the world.
VM: Why did you decide to branch out into homewares?
ACR: I love interior design, my dream is to renovate an old character home and although I primarily paint and illustrate I still enjoy creating in many different ways. I guess it’s my way of changing it up while still being able to embody my signature style, and I have so many ideas! It allows my art to reach a larger audience to.
VM: Your debut solo exhibition, “COEXIST”, was a huge success. What’s your next big creative goal?
ACR: In the long term I would like to open my own homewares store that has a gallery space within, it would provide an outlet for me to sell my art alongside other artists work. Currently though I am focused on doing some group exhibitions with other west Australian artists.
VM: What would you say were your biggest challenges?
ACR: Anyone wishing to pursue a career in a creative industry will tell you it is a HUGE challenge. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication. For me working full time during the week in another job means giving up weekends, evenings and social events so I can work on my art. I am happy to do that as I love making art but it is always a constant battle with time.
Andrea Carew-Reid is all about making that is fun, and quirky, “I like art that can tell a story and also look great on the wall. I hope to be able to provide art for a variety of people, I am forever experimenting with new ideas”. So, drop by her website and check out the one-of-a-kind beautiful art pieces and maybe pick up a retro phone cushion! I can bet you as much that you’ll definitely fall in love with eclectic bohemian pieces.