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Andrea Rouda
South Freeport, Maine

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, I attended New York University where I majored in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, I embarked on a career as a graphic designer specializing in newspaper and magazine design. (Nobody was hiring fine artists.) After a long and varied career I was fortunate to run into my Muse, who led me back to my roots as a painter. For the last 20 years I have worked only in oils because of their extraordinary ability of mixing well to create unique and complicated colors. (Clean-up is messy, but it's worth it!) I often paint over old canvases and like the textured residue and hints of color that emerge from layers of accumulated paint. My first solo exhibition, of color pencil drawings, was in 1978 in a prominent Washington, D.C. gallery. My illustrations have been published in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, The Washington Star (defunct), and the Oakland Tribune. My paintings have been exhibited in many galleries both here in Maine and in Washington, D.C., where my husband and I lived for 30 years before moving to Freeport in 2009.

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