Vera Nan Anderson

ARTIST BIO

     Hi, I'm Vera Anderson. Welcome to my website!

At an early age, I showed a proclivity for drawing and  was blessed to have parents who encouraged and fostered my artistic abilities.  I grew up in the Midwest and spent many afternoons looking at masterpieces of the world re-known Art Institute of Chicago.   As a student and lover of art, I was intrigued by the gestural figurative work of Degas and the bold colors of Van Gogh.  I would sit on the front steps beside the bronze lions and sketch to my hearts content, the blur of humanity going by.

     School would take me away from the Illinois to the University of Denver where I completed a BFA in graphic design in the mid 1990's. I left Colorado for a brief stint in Calgary and upon returning to Colorado, I applied for a job with United Airlines.  After meeting my now husband (who was posing as a passenger to meet me) we began a world travel adventure that lasted 15 years!  I fulfilled a life long dream to visit far and distant lands, from the frozen-in-time medieval city of Florence, to the savannas of Uganda the likes of which have been captured on our beloved Nikon.  

     I left United in 2015 to pursue and create art on a full time basis and I'm having a fabulous time!    

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I'm learning some new things in my art endeavor, as a person who chooses to create. I have to do the work of an artist, one who almost died.  My Friend's Mother said a prayer over my hands

in spanish and set me on a course to explore art creation.

 

The journey and goal is not only creating beautiful final work but learning the process of conceiving, composing, and producing, which is sometimes wrought with vulnerability and failure.  Creative capability is an amazing gift from God and can be used to uplift and lead people to ask questions of themselves.

My first question as an artist is: am I creating because I can and should? And why?  My second question is in regards to my viewer, would they notice the beauty around them in my capture of it?

 

I'm in love with art and the questions, the problems that lead to solutions, hammered out each time I sit down in front of a blank canvas.  The elements and principles I seek to keep intact while playing with expressive brushstrokes, bold colors, and inventive compositions.  The finished product is a window into my inner world, formed by extensive travel, a brush with death, and other life experiences, in a summation which I choose to share outwardly. 

 

Our human experience can be magnificent through creating and viewing: a perfect, yet imperfect symbiotic exchange of love and gratefulness in living!
 

EDUCATION

University of  Denver BFA, 1996

The Lois Gibson Institute of Forensic Art  Houston, TX 2014

Lawson Forensics Course Sharpsburg, GA 2014

Samantha Steinberg Forensic Composite Course Miami, FL 2015

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Parkview Fine Arts Festival, Third Place 2019

Trinity Art Show, Honorable Mention 2018

Parkview Fine Arts Festival, Third Place and

 Honorable Mention, 2018

Parkview Fine Arts Festival, Second Place, 2017 

The Grove Center for Arts and Media Grant Recipient 2016                                      


TEACHING POSITIONS

Traylor Academy Lakewood, CO

Private Lessons

ART STUDENTS LEAGUE of DENVER CAMP ASSISTANT

GALLERIES AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Dr. Sara Muller Markey

MEMBERSHIPS

40 West Arts District

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