barefoot blogger moving to france
Barefoot BloggeR

French Artists and Friends

French artists and friends

By now, you know that some of the Barefoot Blogger’s favorite people in France are artists.

Let me tell you about one I’ve just met — Andy Newman.

It’s an exciting story of how Andy and I got to know each other online. Andy has been visiting my blog at the suggestion of another artist I met in Uzes, Jean Marie Memin. After I published the story about Roussillon, Andy told me, “Your Roussillon town photo brings to mind any number of the paintings that will be included in my exhibition next month.

An image that looked like it could have been drawn from one of my photos. was attached to the email 

Ochre-Tinted houses in Roussillon
Ochre-tinted houses in Roussillon


Andy Newman painting
Andy Newman painting

When I emailed Andy back, he sent even more examples of his work.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Now I’m hooked. Andy’s work is so representative of the red hills, valleys, and ochre-colored houses of the Luberon that it’s almost like being there. 

Who is Andy Newman?

Andy hasn’t always been an artist. He was a Washington, DC lawyer. It wasn’t until 1994 that he gave up his law career and started painting full-time.

Subscribe to the Barefoot Blogger Today!

Never miss a post! The latest info from all around France delivered straight to your email.

Invalid email address
Be prepared to fall in love with France, all over again!

I love people with “new beginnings.”

Andy grew up in France, England and Italy. His father was a Foreign Service officer. He attended French schools as a child, completing high school and university in England. He returned to the United States to attend law school and practiced law for fifteen years in Washington. Andy realized in the late 880sthat he had a passion for art and that it was becoming more than a hobby. He had studied Edward Hopper, Derain, Vlaminck, Lucian Freud, and Mark Rothko. He was developing a voice of his own. So when he left the law firm in the 90’s, he was already entrenched in his new career. 

The subject matter is no accident.

Andy returned to visit France in the summer of 1974 — to the region around Bagnols-sur-Cèze. In 2005, he bought a village house in Cavillargues, where he and his family spend their summers.

The artist’s work has been exhibited at galleries in Nîmes, Montpellier, and Le Grau du Roi. The exhibition at the Centre St Maur in Bagnols is his first to be put on in partnership with a municipality. If you’re nearby,  be sure to put a visit to the show on your “to-do list.


Centre d’Art Rhodanien Saint-Maur, Bagnols-sur-Cèze
du 13 au 26 avril, 2015

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Adventures

Recent Posts

Popular Destinations

French Footsteps

A series of posts dedicated to helping Americans seeking to expat in France

barefoot blogger moving to france

Subscribe Now!

Receive the latest stories, expat tips and cultural insights from all around France delivered to your email!