Nicole Irene Anderson is a visual artist working in painting and drawing media. Her subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and enigmatic, figurative imagery. She is currently making works on paper, where she combines oil, casein, and graphite pencil to create intricate surfaces where thick paint, textured glazes, and delicate drawing coexist. Anderson’s emotionally-charged, narrative paintings are not intended to communicate a singular interpretation. They rather aspire to imbue a sensory response and to evoke ethical ambiguity.
Anderson was born in 1993 in Cambria, California. She studied at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where she received an A.A. in Studio Art (2015) and an A.A. in Art History and Professional Practices (2015). She then studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she earned a B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing (2017). Anderson’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and New York – most recently at the Museum of Sonoma County. She is a recipient of the Discovered: Emerging Visual Artist Grant (2019) from Creative Sonoma. She earned the Louis and Lundy Siegriest Memorial Scholarship (2015), and the Ted Doyle Scholarship (2016) at the California College of the Arts. Anderson works at her studio in Santa Rosa, California.