MichaeI Anderson, b. Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1951, has been an artist, illustrator & designer for over 35 years. Works of art by Michael Anderson have been exhibited at Washington University, Southwestern Illinois College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, McKendree University, Art Saint Louis, and the St. Louis Artists Guild. His paintings, drawings and watercolors are included in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collections of Southwestern Illinois College Foundation, Laclede Gas, the City of Belleville, IL and St. John United Church of Christ, Manchester, MO. Awards include 2008 Dona Weder Abbott Award For Artistic Excellence(Highland Arts Council), 2008 Big Splash Juror's Choice(St. Louis Watercolor Society), 2012 President's Award, Life Experienced(Southwestern Illinois College) & 2018 First Place St Louis Plein Air Award.
Someone once said to me that one of my landscape paintings caught his eye from across the room but when he came close up to see the details he realized there weren't any. The observation resonates with me. I often deliberately turn my back on my easel and walk several steps away in order to view my work with "fresh" eyes. As the painting progresses the more steps I take each time. Couldn't this be a metaphor for maintaining one's perspective of this earthly life? I most often work alla prima on location. I am happily willing to sacrifice a higher level of finish for more expressive brush strokes and my love of thickly applied paint. I feel that texture and energy are essential elements in my paintings.