In 1998 Andrea began a diploma in Applied Arts at Northland Polytechnic, specializing in Jewellery and Ceramics. In association with Northland Polytechnic she participated in an exhibition exchange with Northern Territories University, in Darwin, Australia, curating the exhibition with one other representative from her class. While in Darwin, Andrea got her first look at a print workshop and the types of work the students were producing. This triggered a new interest and when she returned to New Zealand, Andrea applied for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program offered at Otago Polytechnic. In 1999 Andrea moved to Dunedin where she majored in Printmaking, under the tutelage of Marilynn Webb and Chris De Jong, Graduating in 2002. Now Andrea’s art has been exhibited all over the country, from Te Miringa Gallery in Russell, Bay of Islands, to City Gallery in Invercargill.
“My woodblocks are a tonal exploration of the New Zealand flax plant and the weaving unique to this material. I weave my images out of layers of ink. Reduction blocks mean each image is finite, being destroyed as part of the process (Atropos). Green is flexible, alive, and vibrant. Woven of light and shadow, I print from light to dark. I have been exploring the native plants and wildlife of New Zealand, celebrating the unique qualities that make this such a special place to live.”