|"Paisley Paws de Deux" by Ande Hall, DVM|
"Whenever I went on a gallery walk there was a little voice inside me that said: I'm going to do that."
After moving from Santa Fe to Kansas, Ande took ceramics at the local community college. In Pratt, Kansas, she had her first solo ceramics exhibit and began teaching classes in the medium. Ande says there were several reasons why she started with ceramics. "It was very tactile, I really enjoyed it," she says. "It's art but it's also craftsmanship." She says ceramics had a similar feel in the way you use your hands as surgery does, which was her favorite thing to do in practice.
|"Power" by Ande Hall, DVM|
In 2012 she and her family moved to a different town in Kansas. Not wanting to make the considerable investment of buying her own ceramics supplies and kiln, Ande turned to painting. She now works primarily in oil pastels and acrylic. Looking through her oeuvre on her website, her slogan appears at the bottom of the page: "Lively and eclectic contemporary paintings that celebrate life with style, soul, and a wink."
"I think that as a veterinarian there are perfectionist tendencies. In the long term, that can be wearing."
Ande says her slogan comes from the struggle to not take herself too seriously in anything that she does. "I think that as a veterinarian there are perfectionist tendencies. In the long term, that can be wearing. I try to make art that doesn't take itself too seriously. I like making things that have grace and dignity but also some humor."
|"Jest, I surely do!" by Ande Hall, DVM|
|"More Precious than Gold" by Ande Hall, DVM|
|"Rosy the Jersey" by Ande Hall, DVM|
|"Johann" by Ande Hall, DVM|
Until next month, happy reading, happy writing, happy vetting!