Reared in the Mississippi Delta, Rick Anderson believes there is some “magic” in the South, and it is where he fell in love with art, starting his lifelong journey of creation. He displays his contemporary realist style, combining abstract forms with realistic images, in numerous galleries. His favorite media are acrylic, watercolor, and pencil, which he often mixes to create landscapes and other pieces. Although his gallery works are at times wildly imaginative, Anderson prefers to use realistic illustrations in the children’s books that he illustrates.
Anderson considers himself a literacy advocate. As a professional speaker, he conducts illustrator school visits throughout the southeast, teaching students the processes of creating a book and illustrating. Anderson is often a featured speaker at reading conventions, children’s book festivals and fairs, and other literacy events. He also conducts group art classes, demonstration lectures, and teacher in-service workshops such as “The Positive Role the Arts Play in No Child Left Behind.” He serves as juror for art exhibitions of all ages.
Anderson earned a master’s degree in art education from Delta State University and began his teaching career at Coleman Junior High School in Greenville, Mississippi. After twenty-five years as an art teacher, he retired from the classroom to continue his professional art career. Anderson has won over 150 awards in local, regional, and national exhibitions throughout the United States. He takes part in the Mississippi Roster Programs, which feature professional artists who work with educators and the community to establish art programs. Anderson is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Southern Breeze Region and the International Reading Association. He lives in Clinton, Mississippi, with his wife, Merrie.