Andy Mast was raised in rural southern Illinois within an Amish community where strong beliefs and faith are taught and practiced as a way of life. His lifestyle and upbringing directly influence his artwork. His preference to the raw medium is born from living a simple life on the farm where his is most familiar with the simple blessings in life. But his love for a simple life abruptly ended when he was 17. Andy suffered a serious head injury while walking one of their horses to pasture on their family farm. Although it remains unclear how the accident happened, the results were devastating. Through his dark time, drawing became a sanctuary. His talent became a refuge and solace, providing him a way to both express his despair and see hope beyound it. Andy has had no formal art education. By exercising his “God-given” talent, he found a purpose through his life-changing experience, to become an artist of hope. He desires to bring his viewers courage, peace and hope through his art. The young artist has successfully exhibited his work across the county. He has won multiple awards for his art, including first place in the Western Spirit Art Show & Sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming, first place at Sangre De Cristo Art Guild’s summer show in southern Colorado and four successive years he won awards in the Fine Art Competition at Cederhust Center for the arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.