Kurt Brian Anderson
American Painter b. 1957
Kurt was raised in Motown during the 60’s which greatly influenced his love of the arts. His love for the outdoors was fostered by many backpacking and canoe trips throughout the US and Canada.
In 1995, while in the midst of a full time career as a surgical PA, raising a family and running an organic farm (who needs sleep?), he set sail on a self guided journey to rekindle his creative spirit through painting and has never looked back. He retired from the Physician Assistant profession in 2016 and has been happily painting full time since. An outdoor lover, he naturally gravitated to plein air painting which pairs two of his favorite activities.
Kurt has received training from Mark Boedges, Marc Hanson, Timothy Horn, Shelby Keefe, Elizabeth Pollie, Caesar Citraro, and Alan Maciag.
Artists Choice Award Paint Grand Traverse 2018
First Place Charlevoix Circle of Arts 2017 Chasing the Light Exhibition
Honorable Mention Crooked Tree Arts Center 2017 Juried Fine Arts 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
5th Annual Lighthouse Plein Air Festival. Tequesta, Florida, March 2018
Paint Grand Traverse Invitational 2018. Traverse City Michigan, August 13-18
Upcoming 2019 Events:
Door County Plein Air Festival
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Festival
Somebody’s Gallery August 2018
NOAPS Small Works Exhibition 2017
Crooked Tree Art Center "Images From Up North" Exhibition 2016
Mackinac's Little Gallery, 7410 Market Street Mackinac Island, MI 49757 906.847.6400
Synchronicity Gallery. 6671 Western Ave. Glen Arbor, MI 49636. 231.334.4732
North Wind Studio, Harbor Springs, Michigan. 231.838.1766 email@example.com
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. While 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 love plein air painting, which not only reveals true color and value, but captures the emotional response to the subject. I often prefer my quick plein air studies to more rendered studio pieces. In the field, the goal is to get the composition, color and values down. Details are edited, pushing all but the most important features to the background making for a stronger statement.
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 26 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.