Andy Mast was born in the year of 1991 and raised on a farm in rural southern Illinois within an Amish community. Andy knew he wanted to be an artist at an early age. His faith, lifestyle, and upbringing directly influenced his artwork. His preference to the raw medium is born from living a simple life on the farm where he is most familiar with the simple blessings in life.
But Andy's life abruptly changed when was 17. He suffered a serious head injury while walking one of their horses to pasture on their family farm. The results were devastating. Through his dark time, drawing became a sanctuary. His talent became a refuge and solace, providing him a way to both express his despair and see hope beyond it. Andy’s health has been restored for which he is very thankful.
Andy has had no formal training or art education. By exercising his “God-given” talent, he found a purpose through his life-changing experience, to become an artist of hope. He desires to bring his viewers courage, peace and hope through his art. "I strive for a sense of harmony in my drawings by using light to express some form of spirituality or Godliness" he says. "The horses, animals and figures I represent are personal reflections . . . symbolic of my emotions . . . in which I conscientiously create their postures, facial expressions and the light in their eyes"
The young artist has successfully exhibited his work across the country. Including the Old West Museum & The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has won multiple awards for his art, including 2 first place awards in the Old West Museum’s Western Spirit Art Show & Sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2 Best of Shows, and the Novice Award winner at the Alla Prima-Plein Air paint out at the Sangre De Cristo Art Guild’s summer show in southern Colorado and four successive years he won awards in the Fine Art Competition at Cederhurst Center for the arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Currently, Andy lives and works out of his working studio gallery in Westcliffe, Colorado.