Andrea Borbély Hellman
Andrea Hellman, Ed.D., is an associate professor of English at Missouri State University. She studied studio art at the School of the Worcester Art Museum with masters of painting and printmaking like Tom Lewis, Sally Bishop, and Ella Delyanis. She holds a doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies from Boston University. She is best known for her publications in TESOL and directs a National Professional Development grant project called Show Me Multiliteracy (multiliteracy.net).
Andrea is a prolific fine artist, who maintains an online gallery of her works. Her preferred medium is digital painting although she has worked in oil painting, watercolor, etching, collage, mixed media, and photography. Accolades for Andrea's art in 2023 include two Gold Awards and a Bronze Award from the J. Mane Gallery, a Second Place Award and an Honorable Mention from the Ten Moir Gallery, three Bronze Awards from the Camelback Gallery, an Artistic Excellence Award and two Honorable Mentions from Fusion Art, a Talent Prize Award, an Honorable Mention, and Finalist Awards from Teravarna, a Special Merit Award and a Special Recognition artist title from the Light Space Time Gallery, and an Honorable Mention from the Art Room Contemporary Online Gallery. Andrea was a featured artist in Hayden Ferry's Review Issue 72, Spring/Summer, 2023.
Andrea's current art projects are about play and exploration. She lives in a vibrant arts community; her works reflect the relationship of art forms, theater, poetry, dance, and music. She occupies herself with “what if” questions to generate creative imagery visualizing her musings and sensations in the present.
My current art projects are primarily influenced by my passion for play and exploration. I experiment with color schemes, curious shapes, light patterns, varied lines, dynamic compositions, my collection of digital materials, and texture brushes. I occupy myself with “what if” questions to generate creative imagery: What if I captured the flight patterns of my backyard birds? What if I condensed the colors of my favorite Florida beach into a single image? What if I could recreate the feeling of silk through colors? What if I merged different poses of a figure into a single image? What shapes and patterns would result from layering objects in various blend modes? Another main influence comes from observing other artists at work and visiting art museums wherever I travel. I focus on the finer details of underpaintings, blending, brush strokes, paint mediums, and varnishes. I photograph textures and patterns that inspire me to try something new in my own work. I usually have the best time when I am left behind in a museum to roam in circles around the art.