Originally from New York City, I lived in San Francisco for 25 years before moving to Lafayette, LA, a vibrant Francophile community in the heart of Acadiana. There I learned to play Cajun guitar, danced to Cajun & zydeco music & began sketching and painting. In 2018 I relocated again to Princeton NJ. Not surprisingly, my artwork has been inspired by the distinctive places I have lived as well as my travels & my two crazy cats.
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.
I predominately work in ink and watercolor. Now I keep a sketchbook with me most days and make a daily practice of dashing off at least one quick sketch or watercolor in it everyday. I particularly enjoy the process of combining the immediacy and unpredictability of watercolor with some lively ink work. I've been inspired by my online classes at Sketchbook Skool, the immediacy of the Urban Sketching movement as well as traditional watercolor painters.
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 prints from my original watercolors can be custom ordered from Andrea Rubinstein Fine Art or by clicking the Art by Andrea tab on this website. Click the Blog tab to visit "Splatters", where I plan to share my new creations as well as what I've been up to lately. Please leave a comment there if you are so inclined, You are also invited to visit my Facebook page where I frequently post photos of my most recent artwork and art shows I will be participating in. Contact me directly if you see an original watercolor you would like to purchase.