DON ANDERSON

Artist Statement

Don Anderson

Born and raised in a flood in Kansas City, I earned my BFA from the University of Kansas, before relocating to the Pacific Northwest 42 years ago. I have lived outside Everson on Whatcom County’s oldest apple orchard for 25 years, with my wife, also an artist. The apples are now gone, but the space never ceases to inspire. I am recently retired from a 40-year career in the Welding Trades, as a Master Welder, Welding Educator, and a Certified Welding Inspector.

The abstract imagery I work with in my Sculpture is often nature based, sometimes imagined, sometimes embellished, always seeking the soul of a thought, from sensory responses and observations of energy themes (wind, heat waves, water, clouds) to descriptive expression of feelings, emotions, actions, and human relationships. As a communicator, I am attracted to visual representations of thoughts and expressions, as in the Japanese Kanji I have reinterpreted in some of my work. This is expressly heartfelt in the choice of key Kanji which express enduring thoughts, feelings, and compassion for the loss of a friend or loved one in my new unique Funerary, Burial, Cremation Urns, called “Kanji Urns”.

My primary medium is metal – usually Stainless Steel and other compatible metals (copper, steel). With the exception of the Kanji Sculptures and Kanji Urns, which are CNC Plasma or Laser cut, my free-form sculptures of all sizes are hand drawn or painted directly on metal, then hand-cut, fabricated, TIG welded, polished, and sometimes balanced with other earth elements (stone, iron, wood), or colorized to achieve the highest conceptual impact.