Entrepreneur Stage Andrew Culbreath
Thirteen year old Andrew Culbreath of Hempstead New York joined me at the studio for an interview. The genesis of his art career began when Andrew drew on his parent’s bills and home walls.
by Tarran Carter
Andrew Joseph Culbreath
Andrew says that ever since he can remember, he has been drawing. His first drawings were stick figures, which over time he gave more detail to develop their character. On Earth Day, he composed his first cartoon character–’Earth Boy.’ Andrew’s seventh grade teacher, Ms. Robinson, gave him the local newspaper introducing him to the Kidsday Art Contest. Andrew entered the contest and drew a picture for each category: cartoons, portraits, sports, getting along and celebrity.
Twelve Kidsday staff artists and reporters from Newsday– were impressed by the many excellent drawings submitted. Andrew’s mom, Victoria, received a call from Newsday that Andrew was one of the 24 winners. He won for the sports category.
Andrew says that many artists have inspired him. He named Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, and writer.
Andrew also said he was inspired by Vincent Willem van Gogh, a post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. Although Andrew named a couple of famous artists, he emphasized that it’s his mom who really inspires him. She saw his talent and made the investment to encourage and motivate him.
Andrew clearly has an impressive history thus far. He has already hosted two art shows where he displayed his art work. He won several oratorical contests since the age of seven. Most recently, in 2013, Andrew won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest at the Adelphi University step program. He is a member of Zion Cathedral, C.O.G.I.C in Freeport, NY. The pastors are Bishop Frank Anthone White and Bishop Frank Otha White. Andrew has participated in many theatrical presentations and serves in ministry. Last year he won the Black History scholarship as well as an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans to compete in the annual National 100 Black Men, African American History Contest. Andrew’s team placed 3rd place.
After winning the contest for Kidsday Long Island Newsday, he became a Kidsday Staff Artist. Andrew is an inspiring artist who is looking to enhance his skills as a cartoon-ist. He is working on his portfolio and will be auditioning for the Long Island Cultural Arts HighSchool in Syosset. NY. DT