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Hello!
About a year ago I found a painting at an estate sale and fell in love with it. It is of a vase of my favorite flowers, calla lilies. Then two weeks ago I found another painting with the same signature on it. I also purchased this painting. Both were found in MN. I tried to track down the artist since I love the paintings so much, but the problem is that the only signature on the artwork is Andrew. I don't know if it is a first name or a last name, and there are no dates. I recently found other paintings for sale online with the same signature. I would love to learn more about this artist! Any information you can provide would be helpful. Do you know of any artists that sign their work with only Andrew? Both of the paintings are large, 4 feet by 4 feet.

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Hello Beth,
Glad you enjoy calla lilies.  I do, too.  Interestingly, one artist
I do like is Andrew Andrews!  He was an American landscape artist
of the nineteenth century, and is often identified with the Hudson
River School of fine art painting.  Sorry to say, though, yours is
not an Andrew Andrews artwork.

You have a very attractive picture, but I am afraid I would not
categorize it as "fine art".  Rather, it is "decorative art" and
very likely it has been commercially produced for the mass market.

Typically a manufacturer, often overseas, will have a factory floor
of skilled artists with paints and airbrushes at the ready cranking out
replicas of European masterpieces or lovely stills as you have here.
And they are seldom signed as fine art pieces are with a first and
a last name.  Most "fine artists" will proudly, and in proprietary
fashion, sign with identifying first, middle, last names, or multiple
initials or even fancy monograms. Many commercial pieces are signed
with a single, often artsy or European, name.  

As opposed to the commercial artist, the fine artist works primarily
for the aesthetic of creating something unique. He/she studies and
practices their craft for years, and sets out to create art for the
pleasure of producing beauty.  Yes, fine artists are remunerated for
their efforts, often by commission or by galleried sales, but their
art is not produced as part of a strict nine-to-five paid-by-the-hour
manufacture.  

All this does not mean you might not fully enjoy your artwork. I'd
encourage you to hang this in a spot where you might see it every day.
And, best of all -- you don't have to water it!  

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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