Rick Anderson is a nationally acclaimed artist whose career has spanned more than 40 years. A native of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta, he nurtured a passion for art from an early age. In imitation of his older brother, he could be found drawing most everywhere he went. He fondly remembers his Mom once telling him not to draw during church.
When he was about seven years old, he and his parents met with a nationally known artist who lived nearby, hoping to receive encouragement for his talent. To their disappointment, this man looked at several drawings and informed Rick that he had no artistic ability and should never consider art as a career. Rick refused to allow his dreams of becoming a well-known, successful artist to be dampened, and persisted in his pursuit of excellence in art. In an interesting end to this tale, years later this same artist judged an art show at the university that Rick was attending, and awarded Rick first place on one of his paintings.
He says, “Growing up in the Mississippi Delta has a strong impact on my art. The Delta is expansively flat and yet complex, with linear planes created by farmland, wooded areas and open fields that repeat, one after another, toward the horizon. My work reflects this complexity, but the Delta does not limit my art. As I travel the hills of Tupelo, the Piney Woods, the Coastal Area, throughout the United States or as Io travel abroad, I capture experiences and feelings of place. I also make quick sketches or capture reference photos with my camera. What I want to do is to keep the “feeling” of what I see so I can capture that on canvas later.”
Caron Gallery, located in historic downtown Tupelo, was established in 2010 as a platform for Mississippi artists to showcase their creative talents. We strive to build relationships with these artists and share their stories with our community. The artwork is constantly changing and the artists evolving, while still maintaining a high level of artistic talent. Our welcoming staff provides excellent customer service and is available for art consultation, commissions and installations.
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