MEET YOUR NEIGHBOUR: Andre Haines is painting the South Shore one scene at a time | Southwest-Nova-Scotia | Communities
It’s not uncommon for multidisciplinary artist Andre Haines to paint a scene with his easel somewhere along the south coast.
“I like to go out on site and paint. It’s my favorite way to practice this type of art, ”Haines said in an interview. “I paint up and down the south coast.”
Often times, Haines’ paintings sell while they’re still on the easel.
“Someone is going to come along and like it or be related to it and buy it right off my easel,” he said. Those who do not sell locally are sold through his Facebook page.
“I used to do the gallery … but I don’t exhibit anymore. I can be found on my Facebook page, ”said Haines. “I’m a bit like the little guy. I’m not a big gallery owner whose paintings cost thousands of dollars. I like to paint a lot and sell them because I want them to be in everyone’s homes. “
Haines describes his art as contemporary impressionism. He paints an average of 250 to 500 paintings a year. In 2020 he had put the last brushstrokes on number 286 in mid-December.
Haines was born in Toronto, “but that’s not my fault,” he says. When he was around 12 he moved to Yarmouth, where his family roots are deeply rooted and have left an artistic touch in many places. Frost Park in downtown Yarmouth is named after Haines’ grandfather Charles Sydney Frost, a World War I veteran with excellent service. Charles became President of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Haines’ father, Alex Gigeroff, who was also an artist, painted many murals in downtown Yarmouth and in local schools. His mother Vyvyan Frost was a musician, pianist, and actress. “That’s where I got my love for art,” he said.
Haines’ career spanned many art disciplines. He began to study music and theater.
After attending Mount Allison and Acadia Universities, Haines attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where he studied and worked in New York for two years.
“I came back and started my career in music theater. I’ve done a lot of television and film, and I’ve written a lot of music for theater, both for film and for television. Then I took a break and taught at Acadia University for four years. the musical theater program, ”said Haines.
“I also taught at the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax.” Among other things, he was Artistic Director at Th’YARC in Yarmouth before turning to painting about 20 years ago.
“Then I got into the book, Contemporary Artists of Nova Scotia, and my pictures really started to take off,” Haines said.
Haines has painted all over the world starting about 20 years ago while traveling.
“First I had a small sketchbook. Then it became a sketchbook and pastel colors, and now when I go I have a tiny little suitcase for clothes and a large suitcase for all of my painting supplies, brushes and easel, ”said Haines, adding that he plans to continue traveling and Paint as soon as COVID travel bans are lifted.
Haines currently lives in Liverpool, where he has worked several times as artist in residence for both the city and the Astor Theater. The first time was about seven years ago when the Astor Theater was preparing to present the musical Les Misérables.
“You invited me to come down. I am also a music director and pianist. You invited me to take over the musical direction and score for you. That’s how I got to know the people here. Then, at the invitation of the city, I came back to the artist in residence for two weeks and stayed for the year. That’s how I fell in love with the people of Liverpool, ”said Haines.
Haines recently attended our “Meet Your Neighbor” question-and-answer session:
Question: What is your favorite place in the world?
That is a difficult question. I would have to say Sicily.
Question: What would surprise people if they found out about you?
That I spend most of my time being very introverted.
Question: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Need to overcome abuse.
Question: Can you describe an experience that changed your life?
I am dyslexic and could neither read nor write. My 7th grade teacher at Yarmouth Junior High, Betty Bernard, spent every day after school with me teaching me to read and write. She was a great woman. She changed my life and so did Linda Coakley, the acting teacher, and John Hood, the music teacher. These people were so important to me. If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have gotten through.
Question: What is your greatest pleasure?
Nice color pigments. Sometimes I like to pamper and buy really beautiful, beautiful, unusual color pigments. That’s why my pictures are so colorful and bright.
Question: What is your favorite movie or book?
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
Question: How do you like to relax?
By cooking and being with my cats.
Question: What are you reading or watching right now?
I’m reading a book about colors.
Question: How would you describe your personal fashion statement?
I’m pretty much a jeans and a t-shirt guy. Frenchy’s fashion at its best.
Question: What is your most valuable possession?
Question: What physical or personal traits are you most grateful for in a parent?
My father’s love for everyone’s acceptance.
Question: What three people would you join for your dream dinner party?
The table would have room for hundreds.
Question: What is your best quality and what is your worst quality?
The best thing is that I can be kind and generous and my worst quality is that I can be a hothead at times.
Question: What is your biggest regret?
I don’t live with regrets. I make mistakes and apologize, but I have no regrets.
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