Kurt Brian Anderson was raised in Motown during the 60’s which greatly influenced his love of the arts.
Later, while in the midst of a full time career in medicine, raising a family and running an organic farm, he set sail on a self guided journey to rekindle his creative spirit through painting. Ingesting as much as he could through reading, he began enrolling in workshops to further his studies. Major influences of his include contemporary master Richard Schmid, Elizabeth Pollie and Marc Hanson.
Kurt resides in Harbor Springs, Michigan where natural beauty abounds. Much of his work is influenced by his surroundings. He is often seen painting on location in the area.
He enjoys direct painting from life which he feels not only reveals accurate values and colors, but truly captures the emotional response of the scene. The focused observation involved for the study forms a rich memory palace allowing a vivid recall of the experience including weather, light, colors, and mood.
Kurt has received training from Mark Boedges, Marc Hanson, Timothy Horn, Shelby Keefe, Elizabeth Pollie, Caesar Citraro, and Alan Maciag.
Artist Choice Award. 2018 Paint Grand Traverse Invitational.
First Place Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2017 Chasing the Light Exhibition
Second Place Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Paint Out
Honorable Mention Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Fine Arts Exhibition
Best of Show-Harvest Artist Challenge 2016. Crooked Tree Art Center
Second Place- Crooked Tree Arts Center 2016 Paint Out
Third Place Boyne City 2016 Paint Out
Honorable Mention Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2016 Paint Out
Bold Brush Competition, Plein Air Magazine-Jury Favorite 15% for "Harbor Springs -Winter"
Best Originality -Crooked Tree Arts Center 2015 Paint Out
Third Place -Boyne City 2015 Paint Out
Honorable Mention -34th Annual Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Fine Arts Exhibition D'Art for Art Donor since 2009
5th Annual Lighthouse Plein Air Invitational. Tequesta, Florida, March 2018
Somebody’s Gallery August 2018
Crooked Tree Art Center "Images From Up North" Exhibition 2016
Palette Restaurant, Petoskey. MI 2016
Mustang Wendy's Restaurant, Harbor Springs. Solo Show. 2015
Mackinac's Little Gallery, 7410 Market Street Mackinac Island, MI 49757 906.847.6400 mackinacsslittlegallery.com
Crooked Tree Art Center, 461 East Mitchell Petoskey, MI. 49770 231.347.541 crookedtree.org
North Wind Gallery, 8345 Woodloft Tr. Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.838.1766 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlevoix Circle of Arts, 109 Clinton St. Charlevoix, MI. 49720 231. 547.3554 Info@CharlevoixCircle.org
Sleeping Bear Gallery, 10085 West Front St. Empire, MI . 49630 231.326.2278
Coyote Woman Gallery, 160 East Main St. Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.526.5889
Somebody's Gallery, 302 East Lake St. Petoskey, MI 49770 231.881.4745
"Our artistic expressions are simply a collection of our prior exposure to the artists that have come before us. We take bits and pieces of the styles and techniques that strike a chord with us, add our life experiences and emotions, and when blended together, guide our brushes on canvas
As long as I can remember, I have had the urge to create. It has taken on all sizes and shapes-from designing and building gardens and structures to writing and performing music. In 1996, I set sail on a self-guided journey to learn painting as a creative outlet. I studied as much as I could get my hands on --from workshops to videos to reading to interaction with other artists. It has been one of the most satisfying things I have done.
I see beauty in the most commonplace, overlooked and under appreciated scenes in our daily lives. Although I am taken by the natural beauty of our environment, I appreciate the “back alleys” of our lives. They also have a story to tell. I find the process of creating, not necessarily the finished piece, to be the most satisfying aspect of my work.
The subjects that end up on my canvases are only those that evoke an emotional response as I visualize them for the first time. If I am not moved by the subject, my viewer will not be either.
I enjoy plein air painting, which not only reveals true color and value, but captures the emotional response to the subject. I paint what I see, not what I think I should see. The focused observation required for these studies forms a rich memory palace allowing for vivid recall of the experience.
Through a process of preliminary sketches, I am able to visualize the final piece. Composition, color, values and edges are at the forefront of my planning. I know when a piece is finished when it has a loose, painterly feel while still accurately rendering the subject. Often, I feel my paintings are at their freshest and most expressive when in the early stages of the painting. The challenge for me is knowing when to set the brush down and save it from being overworked.
My style has evolved over the last 24 years as any creatively healthy artist’s work has. In the Impressionist style, I seek the interaction of light on form as my main interest.
My goal is that the viewer will have the same emotional response as I had when I first envisioned the piece.