Rhonda Pettit Anderson

Born in: 1954, Japan

Lives in: Santee, California, USA

Media: Painting, Watercolor, Mixed media, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Color, Expressionism, Beauty

See More Work:  www.rhondapettitandersonart.com

Anza Borrego - Colored Pencils on Inktense base, 22 x 22 in.

"I try to find commonalities and connections in all cultures while respecting their uniqueness. Also, as a part of my Japanese heritage, I like to explore themes and ideas of the Japanese culture using color expressionism. It is my hope to communicate and express the profound beauty of the world."

What themes does your work involve?
Usually people, nature and animals, but I do not restrict my subjects to those themes.
Describe your creative process.
I begin a piece by something that has caught my eye or an idea that I may have read about. I then begin to collect information on the subject and study the topic until an idea comes to mind. I figure out what it is I would like to express, and then I begin to make preliminary sketches or start the drawing or painting right then and there. I may look up photo references I would like to reference in my work. I then figure out the medium and execute the art.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Anything can influence me, a nature walk, a visit to a museum, a book I've read and the art of other artists. I feel that art chose me and I'm just the happy messenger. Making art is what I was born to do and I'm happiest when I am making art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art is a personal relationship between the art piece and the viewer. The function of art is to represent and inspire society and show new ideas and ways of seeing and thinking about the world.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist is to express oneself, and if possible, to show and communicate its visual ideas to society.

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