I enjoy creating stories and pictures that encourage joyful well-being, heartfulness, positive imagination, and mindful movement. Intimate with the creative process, I also love making quick illustrations and musings to promote creativity, which I share on my Inspiration for Creativity blog. And, I teach yoga and mindfulness in underserved communities and schools, with emphasis on helping students develop a calm and focused mind; a relaxed nervous system; and a strong, balanced, and flexible body. 

Working as an art product development chemist for 25+ years, I learned to draw and paint while testing thousands of exploratory formulas. Of my many children's art material inventions, I once concocted drawing markers that erased with a rubber eraser off paper; crayons that could bounce; and modeling dough that could stretch all the way across a room (Sadly, these 3 were never sold, but many of my other inventions are still available). Though creating mostly in the lab and holding 7 patents with others pending, some of my proudest accomplishments were having my artwork used on select Crayola and Big Yellow Box packages. Mostly a self-taught artist, I've also studied drawing with Sean Delonas, watercolors with Ann Lindsay and Dana Van Horn, and illustration with Chuck Vlasics and Sean Delonas.

Teaching and practicing yoga and mindfulness are what nourish my creative spirit and inspire my art and writing. I also love spending time with family, friends, the beach, nature, and playing the sax. 

Andree Santini 

Illustrating, writing, teaching

All pictures and text © 2020 by Andree Santini.

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