Andrea Russell has been a professional visual artist for the last ten years. She works primarily in metal, gems, found objects and leather, creating unique contemporary jewelry, sculpture, kaleidoscopes, and most recently, masks. Andrea is interested in art that lifts the heart, sparks the imagination, and stimulates the spirit. Curiosity is her primary motivating force, and inspiration is drawn from the awesome and entertaining forces of nature. She designs many pieces that involve interaction or play, and enjoys transforming passive viewers and wearers into active participants.
Her home studio is on the beautiful island of Galiano, Canada. Her work is often directly inspired by the spectacular natural surroundings just outside her door.Read more
Andrea teaches students worldwide with regular classes in both silversmithing and mask making. The challenges of one of a kind custom orders, creative collaborations with clients, and ingeniously repurposing old metals and gems into new commissions are some of what she considers some of the most enjoyable and engaging aspects of her work.
When it gets too cold for creativity in Canada, she can be found in the jungle on the northernmost Thai-Burmese border, organizing and performing in SPARK! CIRCUS a volunteer based fire circus program for refugee and migrant children.