NJ Anders (Nathan Anderson)

b. 1979

Nathan Anderson grew up in the Midwest, primarily in the Kansas City area. Since boyhood, he loved to create and draw. A high school art class provided an introduction into paint, and it quickly became his medium of choice. He pursued art in college, graduating with a BFA from Washington University of St. Louis.

After graduating, he followed a dream and moved to Montana. Over the years, he has been a carpenter, soccer coach, fly-fishing guide, and of course, an artist. During this time, he did a number of commissions, primarily portraits and murals, and participated in local shows. More recently, Nate has been developing his personal work and participated in the “Montana Artrepreneurship Program.” This has led to a renewed desire to share his personal artistic vision with the world.

My “Reflections” series celebrates both the human figure and the paint in which it is formed. This desire creates a wrestling
match between paint and image; surface and depth; abstraction
and representation. Each contends for focus. Though at odds,
these opponents live in a tension that creates an intrigue they
could not form alone. For me, this paradox in the paint embodies
the beauty, complexity and struggle found in our humanity.

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