Andrews was born in Philadelphia in 1905. His family, who had founded Newman Galleries, had been active in the fine arts since the mid-nineteenth century.
As a young man he summered with his family along the Jersey Shore, where his fascination with the sea, dunes, and bays inspired his painting career.
Influenced by the work of William Trost Richards (a prominent 19th century American marine artist), and later studies with S. George Phillips and William G. Krieghoff resulted in his highly personalized academic style of portraying coastal subjects he so admired.
During an active painting career, his works were exhibited from New England to Florida, attracting private collectors, fine art publishers, and the business community. The New York Graphics Society published a series of his paintings, distributing them internationally. The prestigious Flanders Hotel in New Jersey commissioned a large group of paintings for their collection and prominent businessmen commissioned paintings for their collections and promotions.
Andrews died in 1969 and is buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.