Russell Burton Anderson –RB Anderson, known for his dynamic pallet is from Albuquerque New Mexico. And will soon be know as the author of the Two Worlds Novel
He realized his love of art at the early age of 4, painting beside his mother as she traveled across New Mexico as she followed her art career.
A fourth generation artist, RBA’s great grandmother was a poet and published under the name of Parrish, his grandmother Allison Ross was also a writer, his grandfather Burton drew cartoons, and his mother, Van Emery, is a prominent artist in New Mexico where Russell was weaned on paint that today flows through his veins.
At 6 years old an oil painting of a Church in Taos was accepted into his first adult art competition at the State Fair. This painting was stolen which to him this was a great complement, that his art was accepted – someone wanted his work enough to steal it!
RBA continued to hone his artistic skills studying with Frank McCulloch and John Jellico. at Colorado Institute of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and
RB Anderson exciting original art and giclée prints hang in collections nationwide
“Through my current work I strive to reveal a glimpse of the subject’s character brought to life in paint. My desire is that when you see the shapes of pure color, returning the light, from the surface of the once white canvas, the viewer will be moved emotionally, and sense the individual’s unique inner story”.
As I paint portraits I am reminded that the world is connected, an intricate fabric of humanity and at any given moment we might experience the same emotion as another person somewhere around the world.
I begin a painting by finding a subject that conveys a certain emotion. You can feel a person’s spirit through their eyes, so eyes are my primary focus. The media I use is watercolor on canvas. Watercolor has a fresh, spontaneous impression and the colors I apply are close to primary. The spontaneity of watercolor combined with the vibrant intimacy of raw color helps convey the emotional message I’m looking to achieve. When the work is completed I apply a wax coating to preserve the vibrant colors and give the painting a professional, finished appearance.
Through my current work I strive to reveal a glimpse of the subject’s character brought to life in paint. My desire is that when you see the unrehearsed shapes of pure color, returning the light, from the surface of the once white canvas, the viewer will be moved emotionally, and sense the individual’s unique inner story. When we can empathize with one another at this level, with emotion that transcends culture, social status, race and dogma we can begin to change the world, one person at a time.
I see you.