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A Brooklyn boy graduates engineering school in '69, goes to Woodstock then sticks his thumb out and ends up in San Francisco. For over 50 years Andy has been a civil/structural engineer and watercolorist in San Francisco. Self-taught and painting in the west-coast transparent watercolor style, his paintings evoke the luminous qualities of the aqua medium. His subjects are varied, drawn from everywhere painted in an impressionist painterly style.

He was introduced to watercolor painting in the early70’s. His apartment overlooked Dolores Park in S.F. and he would watch, unbeknownst to him George Post give his plein-air workshops. Evidently, this icon, one of the early proponents of the west-coast watercolor movement lived around the corner! Keep it simple, catch that mood and be quick! Rarely does he spend more than an hour or two on a painting.

Now that he is retired from engineering, he finds himself drifting around town either ‘urban sketching’ or painting with his Plein-air gear trying to capture the mood and visuals of the city.


His Studio/Gallery is located at the corner of Irving St. & 16th Avenue in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, just a few blocks from Golden Gate Park.  View photos of the Gallery at the drop down menu above.   

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