Andrea Smits is an emerging visual artist. Her four paintings being offered at TAG Art Gallery are from her newest collection An Expedition Through Madness which is dedicated to supporting those who have been affected by mental illness, and to helping end the stigma surrounding it.
The sources of inspiration for this collection are her personal journey of coping with her own mental illness; the people who helped her along the way; and those she met who were facing their own similar struggles.
Painting with oils allows her to work instinctively with her thoughts and emotions in order to translate them into vivid and meaningful visual representations.
Andrea is a Welland artist who was born and raised in Port Colborne.