An art teacher at Kingston High School, Andrews believes "that science, religion and philosophy are all searching for answers to the same questions-- and that we tend to separate ourselves, unnecessarily, by our choice of personal paths to what we hope are the answers."
"The scientist sees only scientific answers; the devout see only answers that fit with their religious texts; the philosopher adheres to his own reality construct."
"I believe that art is the best and easiest way to bring these paths together and connect us all again," he adds. "My artworks are attempts to foster those connections. Being connected to each other is our only chance of ever finding the answers to our burning questions---and, in fact, it may be the answer all by itself."
Andrews uses symbology that strives to be universal enough so as to unite viewers from the various schools of thought –one that is accessible to all. He wants viewers to be able to relate to his works on a personal level and to also be able to use them as a bridge to understanding the views of others.
Andrews has found inspiration during his career from artists representing a wide range of time periods and styles - Gian Lorenzo Bernini,, Frederic Church, Alphonse Mucha, Andrew Wyeth, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and René François Magritte as well as more contemporary artists and illustrators like Alex Grey, Chuck Close, and John Jude Palencar.
The artist says, "I am just as likely to find inspiration for my works in religious scripture as I am in the pages of the latest issue of a science magazine and I believe that the best ideas, the ones that really display the questions inside of me, come from both."
Andrews will come to Frodel Gallery on April 17th to speak to West Sound students about his work. The following week West Sound Academy hosts a gallery reception for the artist on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited, and guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments and wine.
To see more work by James C. Andrews, visit his website at http://jamesandrewsart.com/