Artist Kurt Anderson is best known for his floral still life and
figurative paintings. He is especially attracted to flowers as a
subject because they allow the richest expression of color and the
liveliest use of brushwork. These paintings have won him top
honors with the Oil Painters of America, the Salon International
and the Open Market National. He also won Grand Prize in
International Artist magazine’s 2004 Floral Painting Challenge.
Since moving to Arizona in 2001, Anderson has explored his love
of western history and lore. Paintings in this genre allow the
artist to incorporate character, costume, landscape and
Anderson’s smaller landscapes are all painted on site, out-of-
doors. They are often used as reference material for larger
landscapes painted in the studio. He is a signature member of
the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and has twice won first
place honors in their national Distinguished Members Show.
Anderson has painted a number of official portraits such as the
Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and the president
of Iowa State University. He continues to accept commissions
for both oil portraits and charcoal drawings.
Anderson has organized and oversees open studio sessions
where models pose from between two minutes to two hours.
He approaches these sessions as a mental discipline to hone
his life drawing skills.
These are oversized paintings of single flowers painted in a more
contemporary expressionistic style. The decorative qualities of
these paintings are designed to complement more modern
interiors and homes.