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Andrea Jeris




Oil Painter

“If you ask the sun why it shines it would answer, ‘because it is my nature to shine.’” I paint because it is my nature to paint.

The Short of it

There are times when I see something that makes me go "OH!" It gets behind my eyeballs and it's like when you get a song stuck in your head that won't go away. Like when your cat or dog is hungry and wants to be fed and they sit and stare at you so you might as well feed them or you will go crazy. Well I have to paint that image. I just do. I love to paint. But really I have to paint.

There is energy in all things in the universe. When you look at something long enough that it is looking back at you, you may see the glow of that energy. I want to put that glow into paint so I can feel it again and again.

I am a studio painter and I paint en plein air (outdoors), but I am a fair weather painter so my time outdoors is precious to me. What a joy to connect to the earth, to be serenaded by birds, frogs, crickets, to be swept away by a river, to be uplifted by the trees, and to see the universe in the sky. With my little paintings you can see what I see, stand where I stand, and maybe, just maybe, feel the wonder of what I feel.

The Long Version

I was encouraged in art from a very early age and won a national gold medal for watercolor in high school. I started painting in oil at 16 when my father gave me the supplies from his mail-order home-study art course when he lost interest. But he told me if I wanted to study art I had to be a teacher or go into commercial art. I believed him. I worked as a freelance graphic designer for many years.

Spending a lot of time in the art museums in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, London, and Paris, where the art of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and John Singer Sargent really spoke to me, and thus influenced my work. I have worked in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and ink.

After an education in the Detroit area, I headed for the golden state of California which is where I learned to paint en plein air (outdoors). Enjoying many years in the warmth of the sun, I returned to Michigan to the Lansing area, for love of family. I was surprised to learn that artists paint outdoors here too! But chilly winter scenes will continue to be painted from reference photos. 

My art is in private collections throughout the U.S and London, and is available for purchase and by commission, at various art shows, or through the Lansing Art Gallery in Lansing.


BFA Painting, BFA Drawing: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
AAS Commercial Art: Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI
Studied, Advertising, Fine Art: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Studied, Plein Air Painting: Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA