Homer, Alaska. USA
philosopher, world traveler, painter
Matisse once said that he wanted his art to have the effect on his audience that an easy chair has at the end of the day for a businessman – some sort of a comfort. I like that.
What's the inspiration for your style of art?
When you started painting at 31, what was the first word you did?
Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?
How would you describe your artistic style?
So it's similar to pointillism?
What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?
How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?
Tell us a bit about your personal life ...
Deland Anderson, the late bloomer
I was a professor of Philosophy and discovered art at the age of 31 years. Philosophy is all words and hates pictures, but I am fascinated by colors and images. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like to analyze my work or describe it with words. I have a great appreciation for western art but it just does not move me. I am taken in with New Zealand’s Maori art. The simplicity of its iconography is amazing and the blending of the objects are fascinating.
I always have a sense of seeing where I am from above and that’s how I orient myself. The aerial and almost topographical way of painting landscapes with dots resonates with me.
Samples from Deland Anderson’s Gallery
Aerial image of Ikpikpuk River drainage, North Slope, Alaska. This image shows the waterways of the tundra of Northern Alaska after first snowfall but before the freeze up of the rivers. Caribou calve here and for thousands of years Native Alaskans have lived with and from the caribou. The river pattern in this work is enhanced with colors to call to mind the small capillaries left clinging to the inner side of a caribou skin.
This image suggests that the world is alive, just like the organisms in a biology lab. It prompts us to think about our self-appointed role as manipulators of the environment. An unusual perspective on the planet emphasizes that we might not know what we are doing in the end.