Today we’d like to introduce you to Deb Anderson.
Deb, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
There is a living, energized world all around us, whether we are in the wilds or in the city, in rural areas or in the suburbs. The illusion that we are separate from nature, I think it leads to loneliness and disorientation. Painting is a way for me to explore my connection to that living world. We are not alone. We can live in a way that sustains the natural environment, as we are sustained by it. My oil paintings explore these themes. I focus on the texture of foliage, the patterns of water and light, waves and the sky.
I grew up on a farm in Michigan. I was lucky to spend a lot of time outside, roaming around. Moving to Chicago for college, I experienced the outdoor spaces of the city with a fresh perspective. At North Park University, I earned a B.A. in Art, studying with Neale Murray, Gayle Bradley-Johnson and Tim Lowly. After graduating, I worked as a graphic designer and teacher, gradually building up my painting practice. I lived in New Hampshire, moved back to Chicago, and started a family. I now live in Glenview and show my work in art fairs and galleries. I’ve been honored to receive numerous awards for studio and plein air work, and have sold paintings around the country and internationally. I love teaching art classes for adults and children at Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie. I’ve been a member of the Glenview Art League for nine years and currently serve as president.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I paint foliage, waves, and sky in an expressive, realistic style. Rich color and energetic brushwork give a sense of immediacy and light, in both outdoor and studio work, across a range of sizes. I focus on the visual patterns and chaos found everywhere in the living world. This practice helps me focus my attention on the interconnectedness of all life, and how we are all part of nature and our environment. When I can express through painting, and connect with another person through the work – that is a wonderful thing.
These oil paintings feel like maps to me, maps of changing territory. Waves are like mountains – their forms change in an instant but their patterns repeat – so mesmerizing to watch. Plants grow and fade in a season. Even stars, with their immense lifespan, they too are traveling, growing, fading. Painting allows me to step back from my everyday routine and orient myself to a broader experience of the world.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
To my mind, success for an artist means continuing to do the work. That requires finding space, time, supplies, funds, as well as the fortitude and spirit to keep going and keep evolving. It gives me hope and courage, knowing there are many other artists out there doing the work – experimenting, exploring and sharing their truth, their experience. Finding a network of supportive mentors, patrons, and other artists help a great deal.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Find new work and details of current shows and events at www.debandersonfineart.com. Paintings are available for sale on the site.
I’ll be at the Park Forest Art Fair on September 21-22, 2019.
I’ve shown at the Danon Gallery in Evanston and Gallery 1070 in Chicago.
- Website: debandersonfineart.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: debrhapainting
- Facebook: @debandersonfineart
- Other: debrha.wordpress.com
Ethan Oliver, Deb Anderson