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.
“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.”