The hunt for J. Andre
A few months back I was at a function that had a silent auction as part of the event. There were many items that were auctioned off but there was one that immediately struck my eye. It was a folk-art painting of a maritime scene and it was signed by J. Andre.
On the back side of the painting was a card that read as follows:
“J. Andre is a multi-talented Canadian philanthropist who signs his paintings using the pseudonym ‘J.Andre.’ His art is donated to organizations for the purpose of being auctioned off or sold to raise money for charitable causes and in particular causes that benefit children.”
Recently I was at another function also with a silent auction and again I was drawn to the art on display. Much to my surprise and delight there was another beautiful creation by none other than J. Andre. However, this painting was abstract. It, too was beautiful and I purchased it. Both paintings are proudly displayed amongst the rest of my art collection, which is quite substantial.
I have been searching the Internet high and low but have not been successful in finding anything pertaining to this Canadian artist. His work is lovely but what I find most admirable is that he chooses to remain anonymous! A true philanthropist indeed.
There are many people who donate and give to various causes but those who choose not to be recognized, I think, are the truest of hearts, in particular those who give to causes that support children.
I was hoping that through the Recorder and Times readership we could find out more about this Canadian artist. Where is he from? Perhaps the East Coast as suggested by his maritime paintings? What other works are out there? Jean Reynolds Brockville