In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Adrienne Anderson is a Virginia-based artist known for her whimsical, playful, and colorful watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. Her artwork is influenced by her childhood memories, her daughter, and dreams. When Adrienne is not drawing, you can find her playing card games, watching movies, and trying new foods. A motto that Adrienne lives by is to “enjoy the little things in life”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I hope art can bring awareness to this debilitating disorder, and find a cure for those who need it”
What is your creative process?
Adrienne: I doodle ideas on scraps of paper whenever something comes to mind. Then, I take those ideas to the iPad to refine and transfer that sketch to watercolor paper. I then paint the image and add details and textures with colored pencils.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Adrienne: “VanGhost” has to be the project I am most proud of. I wanted to participate in Inkober year after year, but the prompts never kept me interested for longer than a few days. I then came up with the idea of the ghost of Vincent van Gogh. What would his unfinished business be? What little things would he like to enjoy for the first time or all over again? So I made my own prompt list that kept me going for the whole month (You can check out the entire “VanGhost” project here).
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Adrienne: Spain is on the top of my list at the moment. My sister lives there and it would be incredible for her to show me around her little place in the world. The islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon would be great as well.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Adrienne: Brian Andreas, StoryPeople, “Kindred Spirits”. Beautiful words, with unique imagery and colors.
What do you listen to while you work?
Adrienne: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie. Anything with a nostalgic feeling.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Adrienne: My Grandmother has Alzheimer’s. She lives with us and to see what it does to someone and their family firsthand has been heartbreaking. I put so much value on memories, the small things in life, like the color or smell of memory, I couldn’t imagine losing that. I try and hang on to every story she tells, and create new memories of her with my daughter Autumn. I hope art can bring awareness to this debilitating disorder, and find a cure for those who need it.