Who is Andrew Hersey?
He's a 63-year-old semi-retired, self-taught artist and writer who has exhibited his work around the country at shows and in galleries. Starting in 1982 and over the course of his creative career, he's worked in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, digital media, collage, and writing. He's a runner, cyclist, low-budget traveler, music appreciator, and lover of the ocean. A survivor of both testicular cancer and clinical depression, he lives in Virginia.
How long has this website been around? What's the history?
Andrew has had an artist website since about 1996, always designed and built entirely by him. While the site is sort of meant to be a showcase for his work, it's really more of an art project in its own right. Various content on the site is usually updated around the first of each month.
Can I see Andrew's work in person? How can I buy something?
Occasionally current works can be seen at various exhibitions around the country, but he doesn't show a lot. Your best bet is to contact him about sales and private showings. All of the photos and many of the drawings are available.
Who are some of Andrew's biggest influence?
The list changes. In no particular order: Charles Mingus, Francesca Woodman, Wilco, Amy Hempel, Howard Hodgkin, Sam Abell, Angie McMahon, water.
What does "Reveries" mean? Where were the photographs taken?
A reverie is a state of dreamy musing, sort of an inspired daydream. They're made mostly in Virginia, but anywhere really. There are interesting settings all over the place, if you take the time to look.
What's with the drawings?
They're just fun little exercises in figure drawing, and expand on the characters who live in Andrew's imagination.
Yeah, but who are all these people?
They're sort of like the imaginary friends you had as a kid, except that they grew up too, and also grew into more interesting and complicated people. And they live in Andrew's head, not yours.
Is the photo journal like a blog or something?
Sort of. It's not meant to be functional in the ways blogs are, just a place to record random little moments seen here and there. All the photos are taken with an iPhone, with little or no editing.
What happened to the music playlist? Where did it go?
The playlist now has its own home at itdo.name. Al and Phoebe have a podcast. You should go check that out.
What's next? Any plans coming up?
Fall camping! More photos, more drawing. Some frolicking in the woods.
Well, it's more than ten. But less than a dozen.
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