Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Andrea Merican - Spring 2015

I am inspired by life. I love to capture a personality, a moment and the true essence of whatever I am painting. I have always been an observer of others. I see someone sitting in a beautiful pose and feel called to capture that gesture or that moment. I am wildly passionate about color. Painting with watercolor allows me to achieve deep bold areas of color as well as subtle washes of light where the glow of the paper shines through the pigment of the paint. The title, “Just Breathe” came to me as I painted this beautiful woman staring at the observer with her intense eyes. The pose of her hand at her chest made me think that she was gathering all of her strength to face something daunting or important in her life. Her silent instruction to herself to calm her anxious thoughts was ”Just Breathe”.