Andrew Stephen Orr

Artist Biography and Background

Andrew Orr combines impressionism and touches of realism to create paintings that reflect his love of nature and beauty.  His paintings are direct and rich, with clear color, expressing his passion for light and life.

Andrew began painting at an early age.  His training includes courses at the University of New Mexico, private study with impressionist Carol McIlroy and Gloucester artist, David P. Curtis as well as studies with Joseph McGurl.  His work has shown in galleries throughout the United States, has won awards with National juried exhibitions and has been featured in several one man exhibitions.  In the Northeast, his work has twice been featured with solo exhibitions at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT and displayed with national exhibitions of the Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, the American Artists Professional League, the North East Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society.  His prints and graphics are reproduced by White Creek Images.

Listed in Who's Who in America, a full time artist, Andrew is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the American Artists Professional League, the Oil Painters of America, the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the American Impressionists Society.  In addition to serving as both judge and juror, he is a recognized instructor giving frequent seminars, demonstrations and lectures on the art of painting on porcelain and in watercolor throughout the United States and abroad.  In 2005 and 2007, Orr participated as the guest artist/lecturer at the convention, show and sale of the Australasian International Porcelain Artist League, in Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne.  His articles concerning methods of painting on porcelain have appeared in both national and international journals.
born 1969 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Vermont, New Mexico
Known for
Landscape, Still Life, Seascape
Joseph McGurl
David P. Curtis, Gloucester, MA
Carol McIlroy
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2011 Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT, Land and Light Exhibition, Honorable Mention,
2010 American Artists Professional League, Claude Parsons Award for a landscape
2010 Salmagundi Club, Member's Exhibition, Arthur T. Hill Award for a Landscape by an artist under the age of 45
2009 American Artists Professional League, Helen DeCozen Award for a floral
2009 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio, TX
2008 Annual Member’s Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY Arthur T. Hill Award for a landscape by an artist under 45 years of age
2008 National Fall Exhibition, Southern Vermont Arts Center
2008 Bennington Center for the Arts, “Small Works” exhibition and “Impressions of New England”
2008 Spring Member’s show, Southern Vermont Arts Center
2008 Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition Barbara Carter Fine Gilded Frames, Award of Excellence
2008 National Show, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio, Texas
2008 Annual Member’s Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2007 “Impressions of New England” Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2007 Member’s Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2007 National Show, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio, Texas
2007 National Show, Midland Art League, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
2006 National Show, Southern Vermont Arts Center
2006 National Show, Oil Painters of America
2006 Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, Art and Antique Weekend
2005 National Show, Southern Vermont Arts Center
2003 National Show, North East Watercolor Society
2002 Georgia Watercolor Society. Regional show
2001 National Show, Georgia Watercolor Society
2000 “The American Landscape” Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
1998 Gallery Guild, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM
1996 New Mexico State Fair, Fine Art Gallery
1995 New Mexico State Fair, Fine Art Gallery
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2010 Southern Vermont Arts Center
2009 South Street Gallery, Hingham, MA
2007 Southern Vermont Arts Center
2005 Southern Vermont Arts Center
2003 Design Consortium Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
2001 Music and the Arts, National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C.
1998 Elinor Oldham Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
American Artists Professional League
Oil Painters of America
Southern Vermont Arts Center
American Impressionist Society, Inc.
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
South Street Gallery, Hingham, MA
SPA Fine Art, Saratoga, NY
Design Domaine, Bernardsville, NJ
Winding River Gallery (artist’s studio,) Poultney, VT
Artist Statement
Painting, as it applies to my own interpretations, is about expressing the joy I feel, through colors and brush strokes, after having  come upon a sene that has sparked an internal, emotional response; that  response that causes me to internally say, "I have to paint this."  Sometimes, I even proclaim it out loud!  Once I have found a subject I will often make sketches in pencil on paper, making notes about colors, atmosphere, light, anything really, that will jog my memory later on. I want to become as familiar with my subject as I can before heading back into the studio.   In addition to notes, I use a camera, taking many photos of a scene, both close up and far away,  again, to help remind me of what it was that drew me to the area or the set up in the first place.  More and more, I incorporate plein air painting into my daily work.  I find however, I can concentrate much better in the studio setting though the plein air sketches are invaluable as a learning opportunity and are used as notes or guides for larger works.  Once in the studio, I will take from my photographs, graphite sketches and plein air sketches  those elements that I find important to the compositional whole, moving, adding or deleting items that will help make, what feels to me, to be the best composition.  I often plan my color schemes in watercolor first and refer to a color wheel often throughout the painting process.  I begin loosely working the entire canvas building the layers of paint slowly.  Often I will scumble paint over dryer areas to add a textural or atmospheric element or glaze over dry areas if something needs to be set back into the picture a little further.  Although I am a studio painter, I strive to create paintings that retain a sense of spontaneity and life often associated with outdoor painting.  

As I have painted since 1998 full-time, it is often hard to define what might be some of my artistic goals as many would eagerly proclaim painting full-time to be a goal.  I feel fortunate to have been able to develop a career over time, selling in galleries and teaching in many locations around the country.  I find that my goals as an artist would be above all, simply to paint better pictures.  I never want to be stuck in any one genre or a compositional trap so I find that I am constantly challenging myself to design paintings that are a little more complicated or involved, technically or within the meaning or story of the painting itself. I want to create paintings that have greater emotional response and depth.  

Working as a full-time artist is a tremendous gift and one that I try never to take for granted.  One of the greatest artistic accomplishments I have enjoyed thus far is opening my own gallery and studio in my ancestral town of Poultney, VT.  It feels like I am doing something more than just painting, but I am bringing to a town, not known specifically for the arts, an aspect or my interpretation of the visual arts.  Many of my paintings are created from areas recognizable to members of the community.

I create art as part of my desire to help bring something of aesthetic beauty to the world.  My paintings are about joy, about expressing the excitement I feel when I see light falling on an autumnal tree or the beauty of a newly opened flower.  They are about my curiosity and intrigue with objects, old and new; they are about those things that inspire me, that give me a reason to get out of bed to see what the world has in store for me that day.  It is my hope that the viewer of my work will be inspired by what they see, that through one of my paintings their day might be brighter, happier or somehow lifted.
Andrew Stephen Orr
Poultney, VT  05764
Phone: 802-287-5295
Impressionist, Plein Air, Realist, representational paintings