Thomas Anderson -- Colored Pencil
Tom describes his work as "figurative art with a taste for the outdoors." Like most artists, his interest in art first appeared when he was a child. Spending time on inclement days, he pulled out a piece of paper and pencil and trying to reproduce comic book covers and a variety of other subject matter a kid of his age would find interesting. He also took every opportunity to see what new and exciting art "Outdoor Life" and "Sports Afield" Magazine, had to offer.
Balancing between fine art and illustration, Tom is interested in making art that tells a story. "I pretty much create images that are familiar to me."
A combination of observing life, utilizing resources and tapping into personal experiences all blend together to generate high levels of enthusiasm and new ideas.
Tom was born and raised in Virginia, Minnesota. In 1981, he graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) with a bachelor of fine arts degree in commercial art.
While working as a designer and illustrator, Tom looked for avenues to show his work. Although he found great satisfaction in seeing his work produced for advertising purposes, he was more interested in having his work hung in someone's home or office.
He has chosen colored pencil as his medium of expression. "Colored pencil gives my work a high level of detail and realism."
In 2008, Tom's art was published on the cover of Cabela's Outdoor Magazine. Also in 2008, his art was chosen for cover art by PDC Pages, a phone directory company. Tom's work has been published in the Boundary Waters Journal magazine, Minnesota Out-of Doors magazine and Cabin life magazine. He was also featured on "Venture North" a Television program on PBS. Tom has been represented by two national art publishers: Hadley House Licensing and Wild Wings Art publishers, both located in the Twin Cities.
Tom, along with his wife, Koni, and their four children reside at 1101 9th Ave. S., Virginia, Minnesota 55792.
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