The Merchant's Arch Staircase

The Merchant's Arch Staircase, oil on canvas, 48" x 72"

Andrea (Busker) Van Wyk has been an art educator at Pella Schools in Pella, IA since graduating from Central College in 1984. Andrea has also worked as the Elementary and Secondary Methods of Art Education instructor
at Central College since 1999 following the completion of her Masters degree in Art Education from Iowa State University.

Andrea is a member of the National Art Education Association and the Art Educators of Iowa.  She is a member of the Des Moines Paintpushers group and has exhibited her work throughout Iowa. During the summer Andrea has traveled with students all over the world as a teacher leader for People to People and is currently planning a mission trip to Baja, Mexico. The daughter of a Reformed Church minister, Andrea was influenced both by the urban culture on the East Coast as she grew up as well as the organic roots of her ancestors in the Midwest. Her current paintings explore the magnification of organic subjects and architectural compositions that are metaphors for her life.

In her own words:

My present body of work is an exploration of natural forms that I love and the built environment that I discover while  traveling. The Golden Ratio properties of harmony and proportion in flowers and in spiral staircases are inspirational to me.  My architectural compositions are a metaphor for overcoming fear and taking steps of faith into the unknown to experience life to its fullest. Exploring the world gives me an opportunity to be adventurous and discover unexpected mystery that stimulates my creativity. As I continue to explore nature and architecture around the world, I look forward to expressing myself in my paintings and ultimately creating additional joy and fulfillment in my life.

This 19th century staircase is a hidden gem in Dublin, Ireland. Once a Merchant Guild Hall, the staircase is now a feature of the Merchant's Arch restaurant. The walnut banister is reassuring during a descent to the optically vibrant tile floor at the bottom of the spiral staircase.

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on March 21, 2018

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