Gallery: Andy Smith

Andy grew up in a end-of-the-road town called Likely in the central interior of British Columbia. Born to tree planting mother and lumberjack father Andy has been surrounded by wood since birth. After spending 6 years throughout his teens in the City of Detroit where he lived with his mother, a house fire brought Andy back to his roots. With his passion and love for community and the arts, especially music, Andy found himself in the quaint but lively Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island where he now resides with his lovely partner Sonia, and their magical little child Pearl.

After many years of trying to “get rich” through jobs and business ventures that proved unfulfilling, Andy decided to leave the comfort of his job to create space for something new to come into his life. “I was adamant that I wasn’t going to tell our new child that she could be and do anything she wants while I was withering away at a job that I didn’t want.”

Several years prior, Andy’s father had passed away leaving him an entire wood shop full of tools. With practically no wood working experience in May 2014 Andy started his woodworking adventure by making artistic garden trellises and quickly moved into mandala hanging pieces. Since then he’s been full time in the shop, making funky garden art, large wall pieces, and art installations for music and art festivals (another great passion of his). With his first art show on the horizon not even a year into the journey, Andy has a well planned out 2015 of touring his favourite music and art festivals to share and sell his art as well as building art Installations for them. “Here we go! I feel like I’m just on for the ride. All I’m doing is showing up, and this is taking me exactly where I want to go in life! I’ve never been more excited to go to work (if you can call it that).”

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Category: Gallery, Volume 2