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b.j. anderson

B.J. Anderson has been creating work in her Torpedo Factory Art Center studio since 1980. Anderson works in several mediums: Watercolor, etching, stone lithography, oil and acrylic on canvas and archival digital images. Her work has earned numerous awards in regional and national competitions. Much of it is inspired by the moods of Cape Cod and New England islands where she has been painting in her summer studio for many years.

Anderson has a special talent for capturing the unique light and color of that area and the way it plays on the water, sand and simple buildings. She often portrays her feeling for a place in the light of early morning or late afternoon when shadows are strongest and people are elsewhere, giving the viewer an intimate feeling of solitude.

She is also well-known for works with very intense, dark skies. In addition to her New England work, Anderson has done a number of images of Old Town Alexandria, many of which have also won awards. She is also continuing work on a series of images based on photographs she took during an extensive European trip. Anderson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 1973. Her art has been exhibited at many invitational and one person shows around the United States.


  • Selected to display in 7 Foreign Embassies through Department of State

  • Selected by The White House to paint Wooden Easter Eggs for display by the Smithsonian


  • 2002 Lithograph "Since You've Gone" Art League Juried Show

  • 2000 Lithograph "Window Blues" Joy Turner Luke, Nat'l Color Authority

  • 2000 Watercolor "Comes The Summer Rain" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA

  • 1999 Lithograph "Shadow Over P'town" D. Tesler, Art League School Faculty 

  • 1998 Watercolor "The Red House Remains" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA

  • 1998 Silk Screen "Sun Solitaire" Popular Vote, Friends of Torpedo Factory

  • 1997 Lithograph "Summer Memories" F. Wright, Faculty, G.Washington Univ

  • 1997 Lithograph "On The Dunes" F. Wright, Faculty, G.Washington Univ

  • 1995 Watercolor "Summer Bends To Winter" Urquhart Award, Alexandria, VA

  • 1994 Watercolor "Day Is Done" Hecksher Museum Award, Long Island, NY

  • 1993 Lithograph "Stoney End" M.Leithauser, Curator, Nat'l Gallery of Art, DC

  • 1993 Watercolor "Foggy Sunset" C.Chieffo, Faculty, Georgetown Univ.

  • 1993 Watercolor "Day Is Done" Marshall Award, Art League, Alexandria, VA

  • 1991 Lithograph "Dune Light" A. Banks, Prof. Emerita, NOVACC

  • 1990 Lithograph "Gray Ladies" W.Dunlap, WETA TV Art Critic

  • 1990 Etching "Mystique" R.Cohen , Chm.Art, Montgomery College

  • 1989 Lithograph "Waterside" T. Cooper, Adams Davidson Gallery, DC

  • 1989 Watercolor "End Of The Road" Popular Vote, Art League, Alexandria, VA

  • 1988 Etching "Tucket Rockers" D. Adamson, Corcoran School of Art

  • 1988 Lithograph "Tete a Tete" G. Valerio, Dir. Design, Nat. Geographic

  • 1988 Etching "Southern Feelings" FranzBader, Franz Bader Gallery, DC

  • 1987 Watercolor "Tuesday On Main Street" Show, VA House of Delegates, Richmond, VA

  • 1987 Watercolor "October In Woods Hole" F. Wright, G.Washington Univ., DC

  • 1986 Watercolor "Sidney's Town" M. Monroe, Renwick Gallery, DC

  • 1985 Etching "Main Street" F. Wright, G. Washington Univ., DC

  • Numerous other awards between 1979 and 1985


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