Art by Andrea
Welcome to SFBayou - an ever-evolving website by a long-time San Francisco resident who relocated to Acadiana
Originally from NYC, I lived in the SF Bay Area for 25 years before moving, in 2003, to Lafayette, LA, a vibrant Francophile community in the heart of Acadiana. There I learned to play Cajun guitar, continue to dance to Cajun & zydeco music & began my daily practice of sketching and painting.
A museum visit in the Fall of 2013 inspired me to learn how to sketch, paint & keep a travel journal. A former museum curator, with a life-long interest in photography, I enjoyed creating ink drawings through high school (and even won an award in grade school) but had never painted before. The results of these interests are now featured on this website.
My artwork and photography is inspired by the world around me. Cajun & zydeco music, the swamps & Bayous of Acadiana, festivals, my travels, my gardens & 2 cats, all serve as subject material.
I predominately work in ink and watercolor, although I have also experimented with both oils and acrylics. Most of my photographic images are taken with a Canon DSLR. I find myself in a totally different headspace when I am taking photographs versus creating hand-made artworks. I enjoy them both.
As an adult learner (I learned to play guitar as well as study watercolor over the age of 50), I discovered the secret to 'success' is to just do something you love for the sake of doing it and not worry about or judge the results. When you are young, you don't give up on your task just because you fall down or make a mistake. You just get up and try again and expect that with practice you will get better. As adults we unrealistically think we can achieve our desired results without spending time mastering our skills. Then we quit too soon because we don't "have talent". My motto therefore has become: "Progress, not Perfection".
A selection of my greeting cards and original watercolors is available at my Etsy Shop. Matted and framed prints as well as a lot of other fun items made from a larger selection of my artwork can be custom ordered from Andrea Rubinstein Fine Art or by clicking the Art by Andrea tab on this website. You might also like to visit my Facebook page where I frequently post photos of my most recent artwork.