Anderson was born in Edmonds,
Washington, 1906. He lived most of his life in the Northwest
except for a Tiffany Foundation Resident Scholarship on Long Island in
1929, and trips to California and Mexico in the 1930's. He studied
privately with Eustace Paul Ziegler, but was primarily a self-taught
artist. Anderson was on staff of the Seattle Art Museum,
1933-1944. He taught for the WPA Federal Art Project at The
Spokane Art Center, 1939-1940; and at Fidalgo Allied Arts, 1957-1959.
Anderson is recognized as one of the four major Northwest School
He exhibited on
both the East and West coasts and his works are included in collections
throughout the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC. Anderson lived in La Conner, Washington from
1955 until his death in 1998.