Anderson Flanders

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Anderson Flanders

United States

Anderson Flanders is a fine artist from the Caribbean (Sint Maarten) who has been pursuing his art career in the United States, Connecticut. For Flanders, creating portraits - whether the subject matter is an animal or person - has always been about capturing the essence of who they are, their likeness, and bringing it all to life on paper. That’s been his inspiration and what drives him to do portraits.  In 2018 his pastel drawing “Portrait of Linda” was juried into the Pastel Society of America annual exhibition and was later selected from the show to be part of an exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. He’s won the Art Spirit Foundation Gold medal award for excellence in pastel at the American artist professional league’s 90 Grand National Exhibition.

When Flanders was 20, he caught the attention of master pastelist Claudia Post whose been mentoring gifted students in Chester, Connecticut. Post had seen some of Flanders’s work on Facebook through mutual friends and decided to contact him to know if art is something he was planning on pursuing. After a few conversations about his goals, who he was and where he was from Post realized that she knew his family way back in the late 80s and 90s when she lived on the island. She knew his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and dad when he was about the same age as Anderson. She also did I few of their portraits. Claudia then came up with an idea where she would put together an art education program for him which would give him the opportunity to come and study with her for 3 months which has been extended.


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