Reared in the Mississippi Delta, Rick Anderson believes there is "magic" in the South, and it is where he fell in love with art, starting his lifelong journey of creation. He displays his contemporary realist style, combining abstract forms often with realistic images, in numerous galleries and competitive shows. His favorite media are acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, pencil, and collage, which he often combines to create landscapes, figurative, and contemporary work.
Although his gallery works are at times highly imaginative, Anderson also enjoys painting realistic illustrations in the children's books that he illustrates. Rick's retrospective exhibit of 97 works at the Meridian Museum of Art revealed a wide range of techniques, from photographic pencil drawings to small and large contemporary two-dimensional mixed media work on canvas and paper.
With a career spanning over four decades, he has worked both as a professional artist and an art educator. His commitment to producing art while teaching made an impression on his students, and a number of them still consider him a mentor and friend.
Rick has been included in both the artist and art education rosters of the Mississippi Arts Commission, which features professional artists or art educators who devote their time to practicing, performing, or teaching their discipline. He has presented to schools throughout the U.S. and Germany, promoting literacy through book illustrations, painting and two-dimensional mixed media studio art workshops. In 2020, Rick became a member of the international watercolor group, "Fabriano N Acquarello". Most days Rick can be found creating new works in his home studio in Clinton, MS.