Andrea Hendrick


Andrea Hendrick passed away peacefully at home on Orcas Island on June 10, 2021.

Andrea was raised on the East Coast and went to art school at Syracuse University and George Washington University. She married Hugh Hendrick. Andrea and Hugh spent the Korean War in Germany, taking the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe, before returning to move West to Seattle where they started a family. In the early 1960’s, Andrea and Hugh moved to the Bay Area, living in Marin County and Palo Alto. While vacationing on Orcas Island in 1996, Andrea and Hugh were swept off their feet by the natural beauty, cultural offerings, and people of Orcas Island and purchased a house before leaving the island. They returned to Orcas Island the following summer as permanent residents. Andrea is survived by two daughters, Wendy Hiester (Andy) and Erica Bee; and is survived by grandchildren Liz, James, Eve, and Caleb; and great-grandchildren Noah and Silas. She is predeceased by husband Hugh.

Andrea was always an artist from the time she spent Sunday afternoons at the age of six copying the paintings of horses in the National Gallery while her parents, Carl and Hertha Lienau listened to chamber music in the garden courtyards. Political and social satire replaced horses as the main subject of her paintings, which were exhibited in private galleries as well as museums including the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. and in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Legion of Honor Museum, the Oakland Museum, the San Jose Museum and Stanford University.

Andrea started a success graphic design business in Palo Alto. Her favorite work was designing and illustrating books, including for Stanford University. She won numerous design awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award for the Most Beautiful Book of the Year and the Bookbuilders West Book best of Show in 1991 for Poetry from the Amicus Journal. Andrea designed and illustrated materials for the Peninsula Open Space District as well as other educational and environmental organizations. Andrea received first place in national competitions for annual reports – for the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Compton Foundation. Her packaging designs and labels for gourmet foods have been awarded first prizes at the National Fancy Foods Show.

Andrea is known on Orcas Island for her participation at Orcas Center with the Visual Arts Committee and loved being involved in the wonderful Orcas activities. Many people have enjoyed her politically oriented coloring books, and copies of the special children’s books she created for her grandchildren. Andrea’s last two books featured Octopuses at the request of her great-grandchildren.

Andrea was a supporter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and would appreciate any memorial donations be directed to supporting fine music. A family celebration of life will be held at a later time.