Tina Andrews is a sculptor and abstract expressionist of diverse disciplines and mediums. However, you may also know her as an award-winning writer of television and film projects. Such as Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Warner Bros.), that starred future Oscar-winner, Halle Berry. She also wrote and executive produced two critically-acclaimed miniseries: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (CBS) and Sally Hemings an American Scandal (CBS). For Hemings, she received several awards, including: the Writers Guild of America Award and two NAACP Image Awards. She also wrote and directed the play, Charlotte Sophia, that was recently bought by Amazon as a series for their streaming service.
In addition, Ms. Andrews is known for her appearances in front of the camera. Not just as a guest related to her projects, such as Oprah, Frontline (PBS) and CBS This Morning among many others, but also as an actor in television and film, from the history-making Roots to the BAFTA-winning, Conrack to the multiple Emmy-winning fan favorite, Day of Our Lives.
However, Ms. Andrews just didn’t pick up a paint brush recently as another creative outlet. At age 16, she was the first runner-up in a Chicago Student Art competition. Upon graduating high school, she attended New York University, majoring in Communications, and studied painting with acclaimed Boston artist, Ellen Rolli (featured in the 2010 book, 100 Artists of New England).
Ms. Andrews’ evolution as an abstract painter quietly gestated during her visits to museums, artist studios, and galleries in her travels throughout Europe and Mexico in the ‘90s. 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 ‘80s in a basement closet. Suddenly I was compelled to start painting again, Andrews 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..."
Ms. Andrews’ sculptures—created from a recipe of clay, plaster and aluminum—also utilize elements in nature such as turquoise, feathers, leather, bone, and shells. The end result are bronzed images with a tribal quality—influenced by her African-American and Native American heritage—suggesting whimsy, movement, and experimentation. Ms. Andrews’ paintings have been exhibited in several American galleries including:
Ashawagh Hall | East Hampton, NY
The Crazy Monkey Gallery | Amagansett, NY
Guild Hall Museum | East Hampton, NY
The Painted Hat Gallery | Chicago, Ill
Sag Harbor Historical Society | Sag Harbor, NY
Southampton Cultural Center | Southampton, NY
Studio East Gallery | Greenport, NY
Water Mill Museum | Water Mill, NY
Andrews is also honored that her artwork is now in several private collections. In addition, she does commissioned work for collectors, as well as, provides her art to film, TV and stage productions.
The artist divides her time between New York and London.