Anderson, Michael

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“My paintings depict actual scenes created in the traditional en plein air method, that is on location in the outdoors. I am always willing to improvise on local color with expressive brush strokes, thickly applied paints and added hues. Energy, texture, color and value are essential elements in my work. My inspiration is simply the way the light falls upon the earth.”

- Michael Anderson


Michael’s lengthy career in art began in the early 1970’s and continues to take him in ever new directions. Michael was a Dean’s College Scholar and earned a BA degree in Fine Art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His drawings and paintings are included in public & private collections and have received numerous awards & accolades. His commercial renderings, story boards and sketches have been published in books, periodicals and many design presentations for projects such as the Biltmore Estate, the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, the Saint Louis Zoo, Kennedy Space Center and Chihuly Garden + Glass. Michael resides and operates his studio in Belleville, IL. He is a member the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, the Gateway East Artist’s Guild and the Missouri Plein Air Painters Association.

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