Bittersweet 2018 smallAndrea Broyles (born 1963, Toronto, Canada) is a contemporary figurative painter and sculptor whose work explores and is based on the human condition specifically emotionality, mortality and conflict.  Using the figure, she creates pieces that are filled with emotion and challenge the eye and the intellect. Paintings and sculptures are worked in a variety of media such as clay, plaster and oil on board, offer ambiguous, enigmatic narratives drawn from her life that resonate with the viewer on many levels. She received her BA and BFA in art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.  She has worked as a waitress, framer, limo driver, fashion model, rancher, rodeo rider, musician, art teacher, language arts tutor to non-English speaking children and is a mother to three children. Her work has been  shown at galleries throughout the United States for almost 30 years.  A character based on her was featured in the movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks, which also used one of her monoprints, "Wings," as a signature image. In 2007 a retrospective of her work,  A Gathering, was published as well as her first book of poems, A Rough Night in Paradise was published in 2019.  Broyles's paintings and sculptures are in many private collections in the U.S and abroad. Broyles currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.