Kayla Andrus

My work encourages viewers to think about the world more broadly. It opens up the conversation of life after death in a non-religious connotation by asking them to consider the other possibilities. While exploring ideas of life, death and regeneration I attempt to confront my viewers with the idea of transformation from one life to the next. That could be a scientific transformation such as being born, living, creating, dying and decaying or more of a spiritual transformation such as moving from this life, in this current body, to the next. That body may not be one that you currently are in, or may not even be on this planet that you currently are on. I ask my viewers to think of their spirts as energy that can never die as we know in thermodynamics, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So why would our spiritual energy be any different? 


When drawing, I ornament the animals with flowers and fauna to draw attention not only to the beauty of these creatures but to symbolize the celebration of life and death. Since we as humans at almost every life milestone present flowers to those who are celebrating and mourning. Flowers are a symbol of a very intimate part of life and I aim to touch those close feelings of my viewers. 


Apart from spiritual energy and flowers, I pursue to separate the norm and look at the world from a much more fantastical view. We are living. We have the ability to create thoughts and have relationships with not only humans, but animals and nature. Our world is magical, its not a scene from Harry Potter, however, it’s just as whimsical. I draw animals that are familiar to me as an artist in Oklahoma because even though they are not an exotic peacock, they are still beautiful and seemingly impossible to even exist in the first place. 




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I am you

Kayla Andrus I am you. Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020 5 x 4 ft. $5000

Blue Heron Birth

Kayla Andrus Blue Heron Birth Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020 24 x 19 in

Waiting Frog

Kayla Andrus Waiting Frog Charcoal and Graphite on Bristol paper. 2020 8 x 8 in.

Howling Coyote

Kayla Andrus Howling Coyote Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020 14 x 17 in $800

Living Fox

Kayla Andrus Living Fox Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020 22 x 18.5 in

Fledgeling birth

Kayla Andrus Fledgling Birth Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020 8 x 8 in.

Dying rat

Kayla Andrus Dying Rat Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 2020. 8 x 8 in.

Living Swan

Kayla Andrus Living Swan Charcoal and graphite on bristol paper. 12 x 12 in. Private collection


Kayla Andrus Moth Charcoal and graphite on cardstock. 2020 6 x 6 in $200

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