Chasing Waterfalls: Andrea Shearing’s Abstract Art

Andrea Shearing’s artwork has a distinct flow to it. Inspired by nature, and more specifically by water, there’s a fluidity to her work, in terms of both her chosen mediums and themes. A hybrid between painting and sculpting, her abstract work explored the juxtapositions found in nature.

“I am interested in exploring the fluidity of water against the firm resistance of hard rock,” explained Shearing on her website. She notes that she is particularly fascinated by the movement of the ocean waves expressing the rhythm of life and the force and strength of nature.

But though her work is in direct dialogue with her natural surroundings, it isn’t meant to be representational or realistic. “My mission is to explore the emotional symbolism of something like a broken egg in a nest,” says Shearing. “This for me represents the tension between birth and death, the purity of simple form in contrast with nature’s complex structures and designs. The fragility of the shell which can beak and shatter versus its strength to encompass life and growth.”

With a background both in sculpture and painting, her creative process includes mixing minute amounts of paint to get the exact tone and intensity of colors she wants. “I work very carefully, thoughtfully considering composition and juxtaposition of tones and colors,” she notes. “I spend time choosing my palette very carefully as this is the platform from which I build the timbre and mood of the piece.”