Andy Friedlander has been creating art since 1967. As a musician he has played venues from New York City to Seattle. He is currently guitarist and vocalist for the Prozac Mtn. Boys, an active bluegrass band in Northwestern Washington. After receiving his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, he had a 40 year career in the theatre as a director, actor, writer and educator, retiring from Skagit Valley College in 2010.
Andy took his first painting class in 1966 from Mitsuo Kakutani, a Japanese landscape artist and abstract painter. He emphasized color and shape and explored the dynamics between the two. It was a lesson that became the foundation for paintings years later. Exploring representational and abstract styles, Andy takes his inspiration from his immediate surroundings - the river, trees, animals and people of the Samish River and the Skagit basin. His newest work explores the challenges memory poses as we age. Abstract mixed media works explore the look and feel of these challenges
Andy's photography explores the world in close up - salmon, water, raccoon, beaver - and especially the tulips for which the Skagit Valley is famous.
He lives on the river with his wife of 45 years, Rose. Their 3 sons are in Hawaii, Los Angeles and Mount Vernon.
Andy is a member of the Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce and Skagit Artists, currently serving as President.