Alice Anderson loves historic buildings. Even more, she loves drawing them. I contacted her after seeing her print of a pen and ink etching of the Tucker mansion.
“I drew it because it’s such a beautiful building,” she says.
Alice supported her two kids through the 1970s and ‘80s. She worked in advertising, apartment management, and senior housing management. She was called upon to incorporate her drawings into specific projects in Vermont and became known for her illustrations of the interiors and exteriors of homes, many before they were built.
After a successful career, Alice was tired of the brittle winters. She moved to Florida to be near family and to focus on what she has always loved. She spends mornings in her home studio, with natural light filtering through big picture windows. It’s easy for her to work for several hours straight, drawing, painting, or sitting in front of her computer, marketing her work.
Some of her income is earned from her pet portraits but she doesn’t stick with one subject matter. There are many old homes and buildings in Safety Harbor and Alice says she would like to find a project that allows her to depict them through her pen and ink drawings. She uses a ruler for hard edges but the rest she does freehand. As with her pet portraits, her drawings of homes and structures begin with a photograph.
A little over a year ago, Alice started painting landscapes with pastels. It was her first since moving to Florida. “It’s been very fortunate for me to have found landscapes,” she says. She entered a plein air painting contest and won, even though it was her first attempt. “I had to use my background knowledge. When you are an artist, you have a different view of the world.”
Depicted through her vibrant pastels, Alice’s artful views of Florida are gaining popularity throughout the Bay Area. They and can be seen at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Stirling Studios & Gallery, and Tampa Bay Interiors. Six of her paintings are in the Clearwater Main Library through July 31.
She is a member of TESA and was awarded Best of Show on June 18. She also teaches classes and teaches private students individually.
Alice’s drawings and paintings range from $125 on up to $300 for her landscapes. Look for her work on July 19 during Third Friday at the Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center’s Love of Safety Harbor event. Her work will stay at the museum through August.
“After all these years, I’m final able to be Alice Artist,” she says.