attention to concept in his impressions of the subject matter of
his watercolor paintings reflects the importance of composition,
perspective, line, mass patterns, color and textured washes. This
careful attention results in a wide variety of works that clearly
the passion and enjoyment evident in his paintings.
J. Eric Anderson's paintings have been selected for numerous juried exhibits
including the Oakbrook Fine Arts Promenade, Elmhurst Artists Guild exhibits,
the Pan American Festival of the Arts, Professional Artists show at the Freeport
Art Center, The Grand National Watercolor Artists show in Jackson MS, and the
State of Illinois Professional
Artist shows in 1998
He has accepted invitations to have his work exhibited as one man shows at the
Freeport Art Center, The Clinton Art Museum, The Elmhurst Art Museum, and the
State of Wisconsin Capital exhibit space. In addition to these events, he continues
to have his semi-annual studio watercolor shows at his Chelsea Studio (The former
1878 Chelsea School house).
J. Eric did free-lance watercolor illustrations for his brother's firm, the
S. Fredrick Anderson Studios and was a consultant on perspectives to the staff
illustrators. Stan and J. Eric were raised
in an artistic family and the two shared many painting sessions together.
Anderson has enjoyed two professions. He studied architecture and art at the University of
Illinois. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a past president of
the Northern Illinois chapter of the AIA, holds a National Council of Architectural
Registration Boards Certificate, and practiced architecture as the principal of a
firm from 1954 to 1988. He studied watercolor painting under the famous Louise Marie
Woodroofe. Louise was a very creative and versatile artist. It was said that "Those
of you who can say that you were taught by Louise Woodroofe or were her colleagues are
the true work of her creative abilities". He also studied classes taught by Dick
Phillips and the incomparable Irving Shapiro.
Anderson has demonstrated watercolor painting to artists guilds and has taught
classes in advanced watercolor on numerous occasions. He continues to paint on
a full time basis both in his studio and while traveling.
His paintings appear in private and corporate collections nationwide, and recently
was commissioned to paint two watercolors for Navistar International Corp. His
for the covers of Leone Castell Anderson's books entitled Sean's War and Sean's
Quest have been well received.