An Artists' Affair: ROC Giant

I recently had the fantastic opportunity to create a piece for the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. I painted the sleeping giant and my Louelle design partner (and sister!), Ashley Durfee, worked her magic on the interior pieces. The result was a beautifully crafted invitation for An Artists' Affair, a unique event put on by the MAG to raise funding for outreach to more diverse audiences within the community. 

I created ROC Giant as a reflection of Rochester, with the muse of art fusing with the city and helping to support our temple of art. I am ever grateful for the warm reception this piece received and for being asked to create by such an important museum in our community. 

Art Is Just What We Need Right Now // Free + Native Interview with Christine Dionese

"Meshing figures with landscapes, artist and art therapist Andrea Durfee says her paintings personify the tension between opposing emotions and inclinations. Her Sleeping Giants series represents our connection to our environment, our past, and each other. Christine Dionese, integrative health specialist & friend to Free + Native often incorporates the suggestion of art therapy into her consulting practice. Inspired by the artist’s latest series, Christine discusses ego, manifestation and mindfulness with Andrea."

Head over to Free + Native to read my interview with Christine, and then stay for more holistic reading!

'Sleeping Giants' Solo Show at Makers Gallery and Studio

'Sleeping Giants', a solo show of recent watercolor and ink landscapes, opened at Makers Gallery and Studio May 6th, up through May 27th. 

This body of work reflects the dynamic between control and chaos in our lives. How we reconcile opposing inclinations and views is an ongoing practice. How do we integrate diametrical thoughts and emotions into one healthy being?

These pieces are created in a way that reflect this exploration. Using the conscious creation of a sketched framework, intuitive and emotional application of paint, and identification of fragments using ink to contain and shape; it is my attempt at organizing chaos. 

Themes of freedom, containment, mortality, remembrance, protection, and surrender, flow through each painting. Myth, archetypes, and nature embody what are innately human realities. These Sleeping Giants are the physical manifestation of processing internal and external conflict to arrive at a peaceful and balanced whole. 

POST January/February Issue

I am so honored to be featured inside and on the cover of POST magazine's January/February issue. You can pick one up at your local Wegmans, Hart's Local Grocers, and select Barnes & Noble stores. An incredible way to start the new year with so many new projects and adventures. I am an Aunt again to beautiful twins, am opening a new studio/store with my sister-friend, get to paint to my hearts content as a January artist in residence at the YARDS, and many more that I could not possibly predict. Wishing you all an exciting and fulfilling 2016. Cheers!

 Photography by  Hannah Betts

Photography by Hannah Betts

Art House Press' First Print

Art House Press released their first print edition this week, with over 125 pages featuring local, Rochester area, artists. The magazine contain wonderfully written engaging articles in a vibrant and beautifully designed format. I was honored to have my article from their issue 7 online included in this print edition. Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE?? Snap yours up today at locations throughout Rochester. Visit them on instagram @arthousepress and online to learn more. 

Latest Happenings

My first solo exhibit, "Archetypes" opened at the Rochester Brainery this September and is now up through the end of October. You can read their interview with me and get insight into my background and process here

Louelle Design Studio, which I co-own with my sister-in-law, held a booth at this year's Clothesline Festival. Along with our stationery line, I showed smaller watercolor and ink pieces, and we were honored to receive a Merit Award for our work. 

While I continue my focus on archetypal landscapes, I am rediscovering my deep love of dance and movement and will be exploring this path visually (and maybe even physically). I am so grateful to all who have and continue to be there pushing me forward and providing soft places to land. 



Art House Press Interview

I was recently contacted by Art House Press founder and artist, Cordell Cordaro, to be interviewed for Issue 7 of this great magazine whose mission is charting the art scene and featuring local artists. I met with writer Jason Campbell over coffee and discussed my process and various thoughts on my work (and life in general). I then braved the mosquito laden woods with Stephen Reardon for some fun images in a location I find inspiring. And finally, I got to meet fellow interviewees and artists Nate Hodge and Jason Barber and we had some fun goofing off on the gutted 17th floor of Chase Tower in downtown Rochester, complete with stellar views all the way to Lake Ontario. Check out issue 7 and the great interviews!