Leif Anderson

Artist's Bio

Being a woman artist can be as challenging as climbing Mount Everest, but well worth it. ~Leif Anderson

Leif Anderson is the youngest daughter of Walter Inglis and Agnes Grinstead Anderson. Her nature paintings reveal her relationship to the world around her. Her images clearly possess movement and an intuitiveness that comes from one with both discipline and the confidence to express oneself freely. Her minimal use of line speaks volumes of someone who grasps the essence of her subject.

In no small part, these attributes can be traced back to her love of modern interpretive dance, which she has both taught and performed.

Leif also has a book published about what it was like to grow up as the daughter of a famous artist.

Artist Statement:

“I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a highly creative family. My father was Walter I. Anderson… artist and naturalist… my mother, Agnes G. Anderson… writer, and the author of Approaching the Magic Hour: Memories of Walter Anderson. Early on, I began to dance with unusual passion and dedication. Classical ballet became primary with occasional “lapses” into the remembered freedom of childhood improvisation.

“Dance has expanded for me into many and varied forms: Poetry, Drawing, Sculpture, and more recently, Music and Painting. Combining these into multi-dimensional presentations has led to exhibits at various universities and schools, most recently at the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, and also the Academy of Fine Artist in New Orleans. This allows me to be present in the midst, continuing my creative process. I like that. Being a woman artist can be as challenging as climbing Mount Everest, but well worth it.”

LA074 Horizontal Movement 10 x 27 Ink
LA074 Horizontal Movement 10 x 27 Ink
LA092 Innocence 24 x 18 Pastel
LA092 Innocence 24 x 18 Pastel
LA113 Dance Triplych 12 x 8 Ink
LA113 Dance Triplych 12 x 8 Ink
LA115 Sleeping Woman 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA115 Sleeping Woman 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA116 From a Place of Rest 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA116 From a Place of Rest 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA117 Cat with Butterfly Friend 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA117 Cat with Butterfly Friend 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA118 Cat & Fox 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA118 Cat & Fox 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA120 Cats At Play 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA120 Cats At Play 8.5 x 11 Ink
LA121 Cat with Butterflies (Playing it Cool) 9 x 12 Ink
LA121 Cat with Butterflies (Playing it Cool) 9 x 12 Ink
LA123 Dancer on Tiptoe 11 x 14 Ink
LA123 Dancer on Tiptoe 11 x 14 Ink
LA124 Dancer Taking Off 11 x 14 Ink
LA124 Dancer Taking Off 11 x 14 Ink
LA125 Traveling Dancer 11 x 14 Ink
LA125 Traveling Dancer 11 x 14 Ink
LA126 Dancers Goodbye 11 x 14 Ink
LA126 Dancers Goodbye 11 x 14 Ink
LA127 Dancer with Cat- Pas de Deux 11 x 14 Ink
LA127 Dancer with Cat- Pas de Deux 11 x 14 Ink
LA128 Winter Joy 14 x 11 Ink
LA128 Winter Joy 14 x 11 Ink
LA131 Frogs with Coreopsis 12 x 8 Ink
LA131 Frogs with Coreopsis 12 x 8 Ink