Andrea was born in Kirikiriroa Hamilton in 1958. Between 1990 and 1999 she completed a Certificate in Craft Design at the Waikato Institute of Technology, a Batchelor of Fine Arts at Auckland University, and a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
Following a residency at Tylee Cottage (Whanganui) through the Sarjeant Gallery, Andrea moved permanently to Whanganui in 2004.
A sculptor turned ceramist, she has exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and has been included in three Portage Ceramic Award exhibitions, twice receiving Merit awards and in the 2017 exhibition she was awarded a residency in Guldagergaad, Denmark.
She has been a finalist in eleven Wallace Art Awards and in 2018 was awarded the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Residency, USA.
Andrea has spent many years lecturing in art and design and currently teaches at UCOL in Whanganui. In 2021 she became a Trustee of the Rick Rudd Foundation.