ANDREA LECOS / Bio
Though the majority of my time is spent as a freelance graphic artist, I've spent many years experimenting with watercolor, lino-cut prints and acrylic, as well as fine pencil/pen and charcoal. Nature, music and influences on the human condition stimulate my muse, my work often having an organic feel. I often assimilate recycled media into artwork, combining any of the following: graphics, illustration, lino-cut prints, acrylic, handmade paper, glass, found objects & poetry.
I have an ever-growing line of greeting cards & prints are under (Artemisia Cards & Prints). On occasion I also recycle vintage windows into one-of-a-kind, mixed-media, functional art pieces. Though my tendency is to paint or draw in detail or realism, I'm finding that mixed-media gives me the artistic freedom and ability to create more textural diversity.
I have been working as a graphic designer since 2003. I love working with local and regional clients so that I can engage personally, develop a relationship and watch their business/products grow first-hand (hopefully continuing to be a part of their growth). I employ digital graphic arts as-well-as illustration as needed. My "style" is a reflection of the client's needs and so, aesthetically my style can be quite diverse.
Though I've taken art classes and/or have played with various media for half a lifetime, my educational background is more scientific, with a B.S. in Biology/Microbiology, M.A. in Landscape Design, and I am a certified Horticultural Therapist. Botany, Forestry & Geology were areas of extra focus. A few of the places I've been fortunate to work: U.S. National Arboretum (D.C.), Winkler Botanical Preserve (VA), Butte Botanica (CO), Smithsonian-Folkways (D.C.), National Council for the Traditional Arts (DC), Folk Masters (DC), National Health Labs (VA), plus several organic farms & the principal of a landscape design business (Artemisia Landscape Design). I have also used botany, horticultural therapy & art to work with preschool kids, as well as people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
I grew up in Virginia, wandering the Shenandoah, Blue Ridge & Appalachian mountains... climbing rock walls, dropping into caves and backpacking. It is also where I cultivated my love and influences for Bluegrass, Old-time and Americana music - a big part of my life - and perform in a band called HARD PRESSED, playing clawhammer banjo, guitar, singing and writing along with my husband.
I live in a small, rural Colorado town filled with organic wineries and organic farms. I live with my husband & amazing dogs, exploring mountains, desert canyons, rivers and the wonders of life.