The Fishers Arts Council will present the “Art of James Anderson: Vacations and Abstracts” for its August exhibit in The Art Gallery at City Hall in Fishers. The exhibit opened Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 29. A free public reception for Anderson will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at The Art Gallery at City Hall.
Anderson said he has always enjoyed capturing photos and creating art from his youth. He received a prestigious L.S. Ayres Gold Key for one of his watercolor cityscapes in high school.
“I never understood what was so special about that one watercolor until nearly 50 years later when I saw a Matisse exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art,” Anderson said in a Fishers Arts Council news release. “That one work I created was very Matisse-like.”
During a physical for college, Anderson discovered that he is red/green/brown-shade color blind.
“It is not that I don’t see those colors, but I have trouble distinguishing between them in certain lighting situations,” he said. “I always wondered why it was difficult for me to blend colors to achieve a desired color when painting with acrylics. Therefore, my wife has become my color advisor.”
Anderson set aside his artistic talents for several years to follow a career in information technology before eventually turning back to art.
“Shortly before retirement, God opened my eyes again to those dormant artistic talents as he showed me what I missed during my IT career,” Anderson said. “He brought artist friends back into my life who urged me to display the scenes I captured for others to view as well.”
Buffalo Creek flows beside his Indianapolis home.
“In the spring of 2013, God reminded me that the middle portion of the bank was overgrown,” he said. “I agreed and began trimming the overgrowth.”
After 4 1/2 hours of trimming, Anderson saw an amazing view into the middle of the creek with scenes he had missed for 34 years.
“While (God) has taken me to cityscapes, landscapes, quiet nature scenes, flowers, people, and animals everywhere, my favorite creation of his are the natural abstracts I find in Buffalo Creek,” he said.
Anderson’s artwork also will be accessible on the Fishers Arts Council website (fishersartscouncil.org/art-gallery-exhibit) as part its virtual gallery.