Collection: Andrea Simmonds

Andrea Simmonds Canadian Artist at Gallery Merrick

Andrea Simmonds is a painter who focuses on local ecology to inform her work. Using fieldwork, reference guides, and experience, she explores the intersection of ecology and abstraction. She studies plant relationships with complementary species and translates this information into paintings. Much of her work is focused on the Garry oak ecosystem, capturing some of the rare and unique plants it encompasses. Andrea aims to help people better understand this rare ecosystem through the plants that define it.

Andrea Simmonds received her BA from Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, QC. She is currently studying for her MFA with Emily Carr University (2024 candidate). She lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, on the traditional territories of the Lək‘wəŋən people represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and the WSÁNEĆ People of the Saanich Peninsula, W̱JOȽEȽEP (Tsartlip), SȾÁU,TW̱ (Tsawout), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), and WSÍ,KEM (Tseycum).