Jody Andersen started making art when she was a little girl growing up in Amity, Oregon. She would spend hours in her room or art class drawing or painting. She even sold some posters of a rainbow peace symbol to classmates. Eventually, Jody graduated from Oregon State University with a BFA in Visual Design.
After a 20 year hiatus from art to pursue a career in management, Jody picked up an online class from her favorite artist and has not stopped painting. Using acrylic paints and mediums, Jody is exploring her style using a tool called a catalyst wedge. This tool is what makes the distinctive cube shapes in some of her paintings.
Jody Is influenced by colors and how they work together. By using an abstract approach she is able to work with her love of finding order in randomness and finding that balance with shapes and colors.
Looking to the future, Jody plans to keep exploring abstract painting and is excited to discover what she comes up with next.
Artist’s statement: When I sit down to start a painting, I am first inspired by colors. The colors of the ocean on a bright sunny day, the varying shades of a handful of sea glass, the bright pinks of a rhododendron flower against their background of shades of green, or the way golden yellow feels warmer next to plums and violets. Then I am so interested in creating order in randomness. I love the challenge of making swipes of color or squares of paint or cut up experiments into a balanced expression of shapes and color. Have you ever looked out into a forest, a field of wildflowers, or the star-filled night sky and felt like everything was just right? That is the peace I strive for.