Andy Cross was born in Hamilton in 1944 and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Jewellery and Silversmithing. After pursuing a career in teaching Andy decided to devote his time to painting and for the past decade has worked full time as an artist. During his teaching career he continued to make jewellery on commission for several years, then in 1985 decided to concentrate on painting, particularly his favourite subjects of Landscape and Still Life.
Most of his inspiration comes from the surrounding countryside of his home in South Lanarkshire and from his frequent visits to France. In his Landscape paintings he is more interested in creating an atmosphere rather than a photographic image. This can be either the damp dreich Scottish weather to the sunlit paintings of Provence.
His most recent Still Life painting has emphasis on colour, texture and the simplification of shapes and space. This has led to the flattening of some of the elements to the picture plane rather than conveying three dimensional objects. It is also important to Andy that he keeps the application of the paint as fresh looking as possible with the brush marks and scrapings still evident in the finished work.
In 2006-2007 Andy’s paintings were used as posters for exhibitions featuring Scottish artists held on behalf of RNIB Scotland at Bonham’s Edinburgh. IHis work has also been accepted for the RSW (Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour), RGI (Royal Glasgow Institute), SSA (Sottish Society of Artists) and Paisley Institute Exhibitions.
Andy’s work can be found in many significant public and private collections including the collection of the Bank of Scotland, The Atholl Trust, East Kilbride Development Corporation and Baring’s Investment Group.