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 Carolyn Anderson  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Montana/Illinois      Known for: figure often Indian, genre and animal painting, impressionism

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Carolyn Anderson is a painter in abstract-realist styles whose brushstroke placement appears to be random but obviously is not when one stands back from her work.  She says that "if you have a sense of where you want to go, but you aren't really sure, the painting itself becomes an adventure and a lot of viewers will respond to that excitement." Her focus, characteristic of impressionists, is to capture a moment in time.

Anderson lives near Havre in the Big Sky Country of Montana. Most of her portrait, still life and figure canvases are small in size, which is a marked contrast to her physical surroundings of vast open plains with clear skies. Of her work, it is written that "Just as the Montana landscape opens up, so do the possibilities."

She is an active workshop teacher, doing about eight workshops a year.  To her students she emphasizes drawing "where you see an edge" and starting with "what catches your eye" and not the obvious outline.  She says the reality of what she sees may not be the most obvious visual component

Although she wanted to attend the Art Institute in Chicago, Carolyn Anderson studied at Illinois State University to satisfy her parents who insisted that she have a "practical" degree "in order to earn a decent living". Then, in the early 1970s, she joined VISTA, which was the Volunteers in Service to America, and was sent to the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation in Montana.   And twenty-five years later, she returned to that state to live.  Of not being able to attend the Art Institute, she said: "things have a way of working out".

She has been a long-time participant in the C.M. Russell Auction and is a member of the Western Academy of Women Artists and the American Women Artists.


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Carolyn Milburn, "Carolyn Anderson", Fine Art Connoisseur, May 2006, pp. 56-59

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
Carolyn Anderson is a pastel and oil painter. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Anderson attended school at Illinois State University.  She joined the Vista program (Volunteers in Service to America) in the early 70's and was assigned to work on an Indian reservation in Montana.

She eventually returned to Montana and now lives in Havre, a small community in north central Montana near the Canadian border.

She is a Master Artist with the American Impressionist Society and a member of the Northwest Rendezvous (NWR), and has had her work featured in numerous publications, including Southwest Art, Art of the West and American Artist. The Big Sky Journal Awards include the C.M. Russell Artists' Choice. several NWR Award of Excellence, two CM Russell Best of Show Awards and most recently the 2010 Master Award of Excellence for AIS.

Anderson teaches painting workshops across the country including for the Frye Museum in Seattle, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Scottsdale Artists School, and the Fechin Artists School.

Her work is in the collection of the Montana Historical Society.

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