Lauren Anderson grew up in Ohio and has studied visual arts since she was young. She received her BFA in painting from Miami University-Ohio in 2014, and has studied with Israel Hershberg and Yael Scalia in Civita Castellana, Italy with the Jerusalem Studio School. Anderson has been a recipient of awards from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (2015), and The Allied Arts, Inc. (2016 & 2019). She recently moved her home and studio from Denver, Colorado to Noblesville, Indiana where she continues her pursuance of understanding and mindfulness through painting.
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 past and present experiences. 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, beautiful 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.