(c) Tina Andrews - 2012
Tina Andrews is an award-winning writer, photographer, sculptor and abstract expressionist of diverse disciplines and mediums. She is best known for scripting the Warner Bros. film "Why Do Fools Fall In Love." She wrote and Executive Produced two CBS miniseries, "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis," and "Sally Hemings an American Scandal" for which she won the Writers Guild of America award and two NAACP Image awards, and the MIB Prism Award for Excellence in Television. She also wrote and directed the play "Charlotte Sophia", and has been a guest on Oprah, Frontline and CBS This Morning among other shows.
But Andrews' career as a visual artist has paralleled her showbusiness life for more than 30 years. At age 16 she won second place for her art in a Chicago Student Art competition. Later she attended New York University majoring in Communications, and studied painting with Boston artist Ellen Rolli. Her evolution as an abstract painter quietly gestated during her visits to museums, artists studios, and galleries in her travels throughout Europe and Mexico in the 90's. But it came into full bloom after a health crises in 2008 when she took a year off from writing to travel, recuperate and reassess. "After my surgery, I had what can only be described as an 'experience.' While I lay unconscious in the hospital I felt the presence of what I think was an 'angel'. It asked if I was using all aspects of my creative expression to the fullest and if I was happy. I did not understand what any of it meant until I returned from London and found some of my old paintings from the 1980's in a basement closet. Suddenly I was compelled to start painting again," she says. "That coupled with my exposure to some of the great collections of modern art in London and Paris led me to create and exhibit my own large-scale abstract paintings and eventually sculptures which embrace my African-American and Native American heritage."
Fifteen of Andrews' abstract paintings, sculptures and photographs are incorporated into her one-woman performance piece: "Tina Andrews: Life in the Abstract" which she has written and performs in. It will go on tour in the Spring of 2013.
The artist divides her time between Malibu and the East End of Long Island, NY.
" It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement. "
The Crazy Monkey Gallery, Amagansett, NY