Brooks Anderson, a fifth generation Californian from a family of artists and musicians, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Northridge. He studied with established artists of the Los Angeles art scene at the time. For a decade, his oil on canvas landscape and seascape paintings were on exhibit and purchased in New York City at three prestigious galleries in midtown Manhattan. His work was collected by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and by seminal private and corporate collections around the world, from New York to San Francisco and Tokyo.
In 1999, a nationwide tour from the collection of the Philbrook Museum, entitled "Green Woods and Crystal Waters: the American Landscape Tradition," included one of Anderson's large-scale seascapes. His work has been written up in numerous articles, including American Artist magazine, and an important book on Contemporary Realism, "Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting in the AmericanTradition," by John Arthur. Recently, Anderson has had his work purchased by hospitals, medical office buildings, clinics, and senior living facilities. He now resides in the South Shore of Boston, MA, where he devotes himself to further pushing out the boundaries of Contemporary Realism.
Says Brooks about his work: "Simply put, my goal in painting is not to copy Nature, but to stand back, pause, and dive in, to reveal its depths, to feel the sacred and profound, to transcribe the essence of what I see spiritually; and to relish in the act of painting - responding to what is happening on the surface, as if this is the first time this vision has been bestowed and revealed."