is an artist, a sailor and a mountaineer.
He has sailed from Maine to the Caribbean,
on the Intracoastal Waterway and in the
open ocean. He has sailed on pleasure
cruises and yacht deliveries, in flat
seas to seas 60 feet. Images from these
voyages and adventures flood his memory
and blend with his experience and knowledge
as he captures the sea and boats in watercolor.
Steve came to the Outer banks in the
early 70s and started the art department
in Manteo High School/ Middle School.
After two years of teaching he opened
his own gallery and operated that gallery
and then a second gallery for the next
15 years, selling only his original
watercolors of boats, harbors, oceans
and beaches. He has a Masters of Fine
Arts degree and is an artist member
of the American Society of Marine Artists.
In 1990 Steve’s travels sparked
a desire to paint the mountain and
high country in and around Taos, New
Mexico. He then opened the Andrus gallery
and Studio and painted the mountains
he lived in. He took to the mountains
as he took to the sea, hiking, skiing
and eventually becoming a life member
of Taos Search and Rescue.
sea was never far away and in 2002
he moved again, back to the Outer Banks,
to friends, family and the sea. His
magnificent watercolors of sailing
craft, harbors and marine subjects
are now in his new gallery in the Waterfront
Shops in downtown Manteo.
Steve paints his impressions. We all
know that if we were to have a thousand
people look at a scene and were able
to print out what each person saw we
would get a thousand views. Steve paints
that way, painting his impression of
the places that he has been and the scenes
that he has seen because he’s
not tied down to having to look at
the subjects he paints he can concentrate
on the composition and design and in
putting the feeling of the whole scene
in each watercolor. Knowing the subject
so well, he can then interpret what
he sees in his mind.
Stop by and see Steve, his gallery
and his work.
All work © Steve Andrus 2006
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