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As a 4th generation artist RB Anderson realized his love of art at an early age, painting beside
his mother in Taos and Santa Fe as she followed her art career. He grew up in New Mexico during
the creative cultural history of the 60s where his young life was further influenced by art instructor
Frank McCulloch who explained that art was about self expression. A few years later, in Colorado,
RB received a BS in commercial art, then moved to San Francisco where he studied at the Institute
of Art. There he created art for notable musicians such as Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and
John Paul Jones. Eventually he headed to Arizona where his desire to improve his art led to various
art festivals coffee house installations and juried shows selling many works to private collectors.
RB Anderson’s love of the outdoors shows in his new series “Elements”. This unique new style
investigates the dynamics of landscape through transparent layers of oil paint which play with
light as it reflects from a mirrored acrylic canvas. This gives his art varying qualities contingent
on the light source and observers viewpoint. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is
fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination based on our assumptions of what Earth’s
elements means to the viewer.