Andrea Paterson

Artist Bio: Andrea Paterson

Andrea is a versatile and endlessly curious artist who has focused on delving into many facets of the arts since childhood. She graduated from a specialized highschool arts program in Windsor, Ontario where she explored a wide variety of art forms including visual arts, music theatre, choral music, and violin. She went on to complete post secondary education in literature, with an MA from UBC and later studied photography at Langara College.

In her visual art practice Andrea works primarily in water media, coloured pencil, ink, and digital media, but she has explored many other artforms including Ukrainian Pysanky (eggs decorated using beeswax and dye), clay sculpture, needle felting, knitting, and photography.

Andrea is particularly interested in botanical and nature oriented illustrations. She came back to a regular art practice after her two children were born through an interest in nature journaling. Much of her work focuses on exploring the local plants and animals of Richmond, with a particular fondness for birds. Her digital illustration “Crow Watching” was exhibited at the 2023 ArtRich show at the Richmond Art Gallery.
Andrea is also passionate about the intersection of art and mental health. She frequently uses art and poetry in her work as a perinatal peer support counsellor. In 2020 she developed a program for new mothers that employed art based exercises and techniques to prompt conversations about postpartum mental health and allow women to investigate and challenge prevailing narratives around motherhood.
Andrea is passionate about supporting and promoting the arts at a community level. She served on the board of directors with Common Thread (previously Craftworks),  a non-profit society based in Vancouver that offers training and employment in sewing and craft to people with social and work barriers. She is currently serving on the board of directors of the Richmond Community Arts Council.
Reaching for a Snack
Teredo Navalis Driftwood Watercolour
Nuthatch - Coloured Pencil