Andy Baird is a Colorado native who received his B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked for the past 30 years as an artist as well as a college-level studio art instructor. As an artist, his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
He describes himself as a gestural and action painter, and his subjects are usually in the genre of Pop. Baird has moved away from traditional brush technique painting and, instead, flings or drips paint onto the canvas in order to form compositions. He combines portraiture with abstract expressionism, which allows him to continually create unique pieces that he calls “the action-painted portrait.”
After preparing the canvas, he begins by creating a preliminary sketch of the features of his subject using drips of paint. His process includes adding several layers of paint over an extended time, because he must allow one layer to dry before adding the next. By the time he is finished, the completed piece will contain thirty to forty different colors.
Of his work, Baird states that: “Each time I visit the painting, I drip paint either to lose the image or strengthen it. I build layers of color until I see in the painting the perfect quality that I’m looking for. The process is intriguing to me, especially when each painting takes on a life of its own, and the end result surprises and fascinates me.”