An­drea Kirk art to be fea­tured at Pe­teet­neet


An­drea Kirk is an artist and il­lus­tra­tor who has al­ways had a pas­sion for the arts. She spe­cial­izes in oils, paint­ing por­trai­ture, large wall mu­rals, fan­tasy art, land­scapes, an­i­mals, etc.

The art of An­drea Kirk and her stu­dents will hang in the Pe­teet­neet Art Gallery in Payson from Oct. 3 to Nov. 18. There will be a re­cep­tion for the artist on Mon­day, Oct. 10, in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The Pe­teet­neet Art Gallery is lo­cated at 10 S. 600 East in Payson. It is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kirk has stud­ied art through­out her life, re­ceiv­ing the Ster­ling Scholar Award for art at Span­ish Fork High School and grad­u­at­ing with high hon­ors. She then fur­thered her ed­u­ca­tion by pur­su­ing her stud­ies through schol­ar­ship at Utah Val­ley Univer­sity. She has il­lus­trated three pub­lished chil­dren’s books: “No One is More Won­der­ful Than You Are” by Nita Epoc and “Santa’s New Job” and “Beat­ing the Bully” by Michael J. McLel­land.

Along with il­lus­trat­ing chil­dren’s books, Kirk has com­pleted sev­eral com­mis­sioned jobs, paint­ing por­trai­ture and large wall mu­rals for clients. The hu­man sub­jects she paints re­flect the style of Nor­man Rock­well, cap­tur­ing emo­tion and ex­pres­sion with ev­ery char­ac­ter. She also en­joys paint­ing still life; the more re­flec­tive an ob­ject, the bet­ter. Kirk chal­lenges her­self by ex­per­i­ment­ing with mul­ti­ple sub­jects and scenery, never lim­it­ing her­self to just “one” style.

She said, “If I can paint peo­ple, then I know I can paint land­scapes, ocean scenery, fan­tasy art and still life. If I’m de­ter­mined enough, noth­ing can stop me. If I face a chal­lenge, I find a so­lu­tion. When I was younger, paint­ing from my imag­i­na­tion was my great­est fear. I didn’t think I could do it. When I be­gan paint­ing mu­rals, I dis­cov­ered that the need for me to stretch my imag­i­na­tion was un­avoid­able. When a client asks for a spe­cific scene, I need to be pre­pared. My mu­rals have helped me over­come my fears by forc­ing me out of my com­fort zone.”

In ad­di­tion to paint­ing, An­drea has taught pri­vate lessons to hun­dreds of chil­dren of all ages over the past 15 years. Many of her stu­dents have also pur­sued art, re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple awards in the Re­flec­tions Pro­gram and lo­cal art shows as well as win­ning the Ster­ling Scholar Award for art. Visit her Face­book page, “An­drea Kirk’s Art Stu­dio,” to view her stu­dents’ weekly and monthly progress.

As pas­sion­ate as she is about art, An­drea also has a ful­fill­ing life be­yond her work. She is a wife of 15 years to an amaz­ing hus­band and mother to four beau­ti­ful chil­dren ages 4 to 13. She en­joys trav­el­ing, boat­ing, wake board­ing, hik­ing, ex­er­cis­ing, gar­den­ing, cook­ing and spend­ing qual­ity time with her fam­ily. While at­tend­ing the art pro­gram at UVU, she grew to love a quote given to her by one of her fa­vorite art pro­fes­sors who later passed away. She has since ap­plied this quote to ev­ery as­pect of her life: “Set me a task in which I can put some­thing of my very self, and it is a task no longer; it is joy, it is art.” - Bliss Car­man

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