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About Andrea J.

How did a city gal end up on an old trawler, floating and painting along the coast of Puerto Rico for over a decade?

You have to be a little bit crazy. Difficult to condense on a single page, suffice it to say that most of what you'll see and read throughout the site did not exist prior to my mid-life adventures aboard Ruff Life.

To that I'll add I was born in New York City in the '50's, grew up along the 'Jersey Shore, and began traversing the globe by 20. I earned a degree in Business Management (U. of Maryland) along the way, but in retrospect life may have been easier with a Masters in Common Sense. Too late now.

I became interested in folk art while living in Europe; and when I taught myself to paint, Norwegian Rosemaling was the style I chose. I particularly enjoy the subtle color blending and fine detail work, and incorporated vibrant Caribbean colors to create my tropical pieces. Please take a moment to visit the Gallery page for some eye popping art.

I'd never have guessed that my mid-life would become the stuff dreams are made of. Published stories and articles, (including Czar), can be found on the Publications page, and thank you for viewing.


Born for the sea

Inspired by neighbors

ruff life periodicals
A way of life

A salty dog's life














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