Andra Patterson started painting on ceramic surfaces, exploring ways to layer color and generate subtle changes in texture. She migrated to painting on paper, canvas, and board, which allowed her to increase the complexity of her images, broaden her color palette, and add the element of collage. Her layered, abstract paintings with strong brushwork have a rich palette, and reflect a sense of movement. They are painted in acrylics with mixed media and collage elements.
Patterson received a Master of Arts and a Master of Education before turning full-time to art and earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. She taught in art schools in the Washington area, and her work is collected both here and abroad.