Andie Kiley was born in Topeka, Kansas, and she joined Interact in 2000. Andie works in painting and ceramics, and has also acted in Interact theater performances. In her own words, when approaching the creative process she says “It is better to let yourself go free.” Andie considers herself to be a colorful person, and her abstract paintings reveal this aspect of her personality with their playful interactions of bold color.
When I first came to Interact I started out with acting and performance, but soon became an artist when I switched into the visual arts department. My first piece was a wedding portrait of a woman and a man on top of a hill in their wedding costumes.
I often use markers and oil pastels, although right now I’m in a watercolor painting craze. I work on my projects in the studio as well as at home on my beautiful desk.
Being an abstract artist, I don’t usually draw representations. I remember my first picture was a pattern of blue, green, and red squares. Currently, though, I’m completing some compositions that have bridges and cars incorporated into the subject matter. When I draw, I follow wherever my hand takes me, and I’m very relaxed when I work. I take things as they come and try not to be forceful, and if I don’t feel it I’m not going to try to do it.
I draw inspiration from inside as well as from the people who happen to be sitting next to me in the studio. Although art is relaxing, accidents and surprises along the way can be very exciting. Sometimes I do things that I didn’t think I was capable of doing.