Internally driven and self-taught, Myrissa McAndrews is an artist based out of Southern New Jersey. A painter and sculptor, McAndrews works in a variety of materials ranging from watercolor, clay, concrete, and oil paint. She is most well-known for her large, intricately layered abstract work that has been exhibited across the country.
In 2007, McAndrews began her career as a performance artist for one of the top thirteen haunted attractions in America. She contributed to the painting and texturing of large animatronic creatures, as well as multiple on-site installations and set design for the attractions. McAndrews was promoted to Art Director and Production Manager, while simultaneously working for their sister company- an international haunt prop fabrication company.
She started teaching instructional art classes in 2016 and later became a temporary resident artist in the SoHa Arts Community in Haddon Township, NJ. McAndrews organized an ongoing series of Pop-Up Art Exhibitions to showcase local artists uncensored works at local breweries and other venues.
In 2018, she organized a multi-platform fundraiser for a four-year-old patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children of Philadelphia, who battles Cerebral Palsy and a left club foot. McAndrews was featured in the New Town Press Paper for raising over $11,000 to aid the patient’s family. This event coincided with the acceptance of McAndrews’ proposal, the Vibrant Souls Series Project for Shriners Hospital for Children of Philadelphia.
The Vibrant Souls Series Project was donation of 30 custom abstract oil paintings inspired by a patient of Shiners Philadelphia. This project aimed to bring comfort and peace to the patients, families, and staff of the hospital.