Internally driven and self-taught, Myrissa McAndrews is an artist based out of Southern New Jersey. A painter and performer, 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 attractions. McAndrews was promoted to Art Director and Production Manager, while simultaneously working as a painter 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 curated 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.
The project aimed to revitalize the hospital through a donation of 30 custom abstract oil paintings inspired by the patient of Shiners Philadelphia.
McAndrews moved onto live painting performances in 2019, where she created abstract landscapes at events, concerts, and festivals. She partnered with the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion to curate Chrysalis: Art & Music Night. She was then selected as one of Philly Weekly's artists to live paint a refurbished honor box that was placed in Philadelphia. McAndrews became an active member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, as well as the Progressive Art Society.
Copyright © 2020 Myrissa McAndrews - All Rights Reserved.