Mary Fran Anderson

Mary Fran Anderson: Visions in Color

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mary Fran moved to Oregon over twenty years ago. Long enough to fully absorb the Northwest landscape. She has had a notable career in special education for the visually impaired. Her art background is mainly self-taught with many classes and workshops with artists of renown, including a memorable 5-day workshop with Frank Webb in Bend, Oregon, who intrigued his students with the study of colorful and interconnected positive and negative shapes. She also took classes from Gene Gill, a notable Oregon artist who has since passed away.

Mary Fran will delight you with her subject matter which includes landscapes, buildings and waterscapes inspired by the Northwest and places visited around the world which capture the beauty in the world around us. Water and the play of light and reflection on it are a recurring favorite theme in Mary Fran’s paintings. A spirt of joyfulness floods her works,, and if a human form is part of the composition, it inhabits the space with a quiet reflection all its own.

If you ask her why she paints, she will tell you that “Making art fills some need in me that isn’t fulfilled in any other way. It has been like this since childhood.”


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