Movement and stillness, subtle and bright colors, objects in space, and contrast between past and present
Lauren Anderson grew up in Ohio and studied painting and drawing from the time she was a young child. She received her BFA in painting from Miami University-Ohio in 2014. During her time in college, she also attended Israel Hershberg’s master class in Civita Castellana, Italy with the Jerusalem Studio School. Anderson has been a recipient of awards and fellowships from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Allied Arts, Inc, and the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado where she also enjoys volunteering at a local hospital through Paintings for Patients, a program she created in 2019 dedicated to bringing custom watercolor paintings to hospital patients unable to receive gifts of plants or flowers due to infection risk.
My paintings are about balance within ordinary life. This balance is conveyed through delicate relationships between movement and stillness, subtle and bright colors, objects in space, and contrast between past and present. Sometimes this includes a direct relation to the work of historical masters, and sometimes it presents itself in a juxtaposition of my personal experiences, inspirations, and memories, and my current physical place in the world.
My creative process is quite linear; I invest time and careful consideration in each painting’s set-up and I typically have a clear concept and composition in mind before extending brush to canvas. Working from the combination of direct observation and photo references, I am inspired by color and value relationships, the softness of natural light, and the potential for narrative within the composition. My vision of capturing a certain sensitivity is further conveyed through quiet yet deliberate mark-making. The specific objects generally have no sentimental value for me other than my visual interest in them and the relationship built through studying them repeatedly. More important is the overall feeling and movement of space, and how that space interacts with the object(s) and the viewer.
In the midst of life’s chaos, my paintings explore and share the simple story of our humanity within a quietly captured moment. As I look inward in an attempt to better understand the core of why I paint, my work has become a space to explore that very question; as if I am constructing my own safe haven to support my search for clarity and truth. These intimate moments have a meditative quality and are meant to offer the viewer a similar moment, providing a space where they are able to hear their own thoughts and delight in a beautiful moment of solitude and reflection.