Jerry Anderson is an award-winning artist whose vibrant work is recognized across the globe. Born in Texas, Anderson studied Art and Design in college and then moved to San Francisco where he founded an architectural company. He presently lives and works in California where he also bred Arabian horses and grew wine grapes before retiring to concentrate on painting. He regularly exhibits his work in the United States and Italy. Recently, he spoke about his experience as an artist and his hopes for the future.

Inspiration motivates him

BN: How and when did you decide to become an artist?

JA: Actually, it was never a decision. My earliest memories were of the magic and beauty of my surroundings and those that inhabited them. I was compelled to explore this world fully and then visually express the wonder that I discovered. This expression has taken many forms, painter, architect, designer, builder, but it is in my painting that I am able to express the unseen world of spirit most fully.

BN: Growing up, which artists and styles of art interested you?

JA: As a youngster, I loved all art including the wonderful fairy tale illustrations, oriental rugs, romanticlandscapes, architecture and the human figure. Artists that influenced me include J.M.W. Turner, Rodin, Monet, Klimt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Golf, Beethoven, Bartok, Miles Davis and Alvin Ailey.

Artwork is presented

BN: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?

JA: The centerpiece of my current work is an exploration of the archetypal female essence.

This is not only expressed in paintings of figures and portraits but in anthropomorphic landscapes and dream images. All work is informed by the visions that arrive in my consciousnessfrom my observations, understandings,questionsand musings.

BN: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?

JA: Although I always am seeking a wider range of exposure for my work, I have been fortunate that some reputable galleries have found me through word of mouth, seeing my work displayed or by viewing my website.

BN: Do you have a favorite piece?

JA: Painting is such an ongoing adventure for me that it is impossible to pick a favorite. Maybe, it is most accurate to say that the next painting is my favorite!

BN: What are your media of choice?

JA: At this stage in my career and life, I am committed to acrylic on either canvas or panel. This medium seems best able to express my vision at this time.

BN: When and how did you develop your unique style?

JA: This has developed completely spontaneously. I guess that it is a direct reflection of myself and how I observe and feel the world, both seen and unseen. I do think that spending my youth in the American southwest has made bold forms an integral part of my vocabulary as well as my deep love and respect for the feminine principle.

Future projects are told

BN: What has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?

JA: For me, an artist is someone who is able to channel some aspect of the vast creativity of the universe. I know that when I can get out of the way of this process that something magical can occur and that this magic will open the viewer’s eyes in a new way and for a moment they are in touch with divinity. That is the best reward.

BN: What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

JA: Follow your heart, keep your eyes open, look for questions rather than answers and trust yourself.

BN: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you want to mention?

JA: The astonishing forms and palpable energy that I witness in the natural landscape enriches all of my work. My recent trip to Turkey’s Cappadocia has led to an ongoing series of paintings. Some of these are available at Agora Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y. I am also looking forward to another exhibit in Bologna this winter.

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