Saturday in the Studio – Andy Friedlander
In the Studio with
This Saturday we introduce you to a multi-hyphenate member of our community: artist, musician, director Andy Friedlander. Below you’ll find information about Andy’s experience with different mediums, get a peek inside his home studio, and even take a look at day by day shots from a work in progress.
How did you start making art?
- 1961 – I learned how to play the guitar and was part of the folk/bluegrass explosion in New York City. I had the chance to play with some great players in some exciting venues even though I couldn’t read music – I played by ear and still do – for the past 22 years with the Prozac Mtn. Boys, a bluegrass band out of Bellingham.
- 1967 – I graduated from Earlham College with a degree in fine arts – the study of painting, music and theatre. Part of my studies required me to direct 3 plays and I discovered that, with very little training, I WAS a director. I received my professional training at the Yale School of Drama and had a 40 year career in the professional and educational theatre.
- 2010 – I retired from the theatre and began to paint in earnest. While at Earlham I had taken a one year intensive course in painting taught by Mitsuo Kakutani, a Japanese abstract painter and garden designer. I began from what he had taught me, enlisted the help of a wonderful teacher in Bellingham, Colleen Hoffenbacker, to fill in the gaps in my technique and have been working in my home studio ever since.I continue to work in all 3 mediums.
Why do you create and what need does it satisfy?
- I don’t know. I have been involved in the creative process for 59 of my 74 years. It is an integral part of my personality – an inseparable part of my identity.
As an artist, what is your most important tool?
- I have two – spontaneity and discipline. Discipline in preparation and spontaneity in execution.
What is something that you can’t live without in your studio and why?
- Music. I may not always listen to music when I work but I believe that I think ‘musically’ when I paint. This is less true when I am printing – possibly due to technical aspects of the printing process.
What is your least favorite part of your process?
What is your favorite part?
INSIDE THE STUDIO
A Painting Day-by-Day
Andy shared these photos with us to show the evolution of his paintings over one week. Scroll through to watch as new things get added, or the reverse, and watch his work evolve.
2021 Winter Juried Exhibit
Andy currently has work in our Winter Juried Exhibit! Click this link to see his artwork among many others in our virtual galleries.