My pictures are personal statements rendered through a dialogue between materials, echo’s of my own personal experience, and the emotions connected to those experiences.
Working from memories and the mind's eye, dreams and emotions inspire my processes and provide a basis for portraits, figures and landscapes.
I think that ultimately, I paint to please myself. Painting, for me, is a means by which I find personal peace and self-actualization. Painting is a therapeutic vehicle by which one's own stories can be told.
Auburn University, School of Visual Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Art, 1984
1984, Illustration appearing in Print Magazine Regional Design Annual.
1987-2000, Free-lance artist creating artworks for advertising and corporate clients, design firms and various publishers of literature for children.
1998, Junior Library Guild Award for illustrated children’s picture book Dragon scales & Willowleaves, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York 1998.
1999, Cover art commission for Knock At A Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry, compiled by X.J. and Dorothy M. Kennedy. published by Little, Brown, Boston
Illustrated by Andrew Portwood and Karen Lee Baker.
2006 Heaven Blue Rose Gallery, Group show, Atlanta, GA 2006
2007 Aliya Linstum Gallery, Atlanta, Ga, Scott Hill, The traveler’s diary,
Introducing Andrew Portwood, Middle gallery, March 17- April 6, 2007
Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Andrew Portwood, Margaret Dyer ,Sept. 8-29
Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA , Equus Curatio, Group show, Oct. 6-26
Aliya Linstum Gallery, Atlanta, GA ,Group show, Holiday Exhibition Dec 27,
2008 River Gallery, Feb 1-29, 2008, Chattanooga,TN
A different story, Andrew Portwood, Mary Cour Burrows Joan Rasmussen
2009 Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN, Artrageous, Group show, November
The Mercantile, Atlanta, GA 2009-2011
The Nicholson Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2010 - 2013
2014 Pryor Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, 2-week Pop-Up show, October
2014 Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, Small Works Show
2015 Muse Gallery, Roswell GA, "EverSong", group show
2015-2016 14th Street Antiques & Interiors, exhibition of my artwork for sale on my own gallery wall. Displayed, sold, marketed and created artwork for Andrew Portwood Studio
2017- present Moved studio space to New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently Living daily and creating new body of work, paintings, drawings and monotypes..
Chattanooga Times Free Press Sunday, January 27, 2008 “A Different Story” Narrative is the common denominator among the artists featured at the River Gallery In February
Equestrian Quarterly Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 3
"The Imaginary Equines of Andrew Portwood"
by Stephanie Peters