VERITAS, NO. 2   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
VERITAS, NO. 2 48” x 36” oil on canvas

The second in a series of four, “Veritas,” in Latin, means “Truth.” In a day where truth is often hard to come by, as we are questioned daily through the news, the question from Pilate was, “What is truth.” For me, the truth always comes back to Nature. It doesn't know anything but truth, being, what IS. I have chosen the sun piercing through the clouds as my motif for truth.

CUMULUS, NO. 1   40" x 30" oil on canvas
CUMULUS, NO. 1 40" x 30" oil on canvas

The seminal start of my massive cloud explorations, it all fell together in this piece. There’s nothing like the first one setting the table.

TERRA AUSTRALUS  48" x 48" oil on canvas
TERRA AUSTRALUS 48" x 48" oil on canvas

My original cloud piece, with an inspiration from the Oregon Coast during a blustery day. My inspiration also came from see, for the first time, a seascape of Gerhard Richter. From then on, I took the motif and made it my own.

ANDROMEDA, NO. 2   40" x 30" oil on canvas
ANDROMEDA, NO. 2 40" x 30" oil on canvas

To be in the midst of painting a number of smaller, detailed, landscapes and seascapes currently, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a couple of commissions of more truly evocative, emotive, semi-abstract paintings. They presented me with a unique challenge of revisiting and recreating two works that were all about emotion, response, and non-objective painting from the gut. No small task.

COVENANT   36” x 48”  oil on canvas
COVENANT 36” x 48” oil on canvas

There is something about the confluence of power and beauty, a force of Nature witnessed. But this oil on canvas painting is not just about a large thunderhead, as it is entitled, “Covenant,” or an agreement between the intensions of Spirit, of the Divine, and the human. It’s a place where I just want to take off my shoes - an act of trust and submission to the superior force - and stand back and observe what’s before me...and consequently, feel the Divine.

ANDROMEDA, NO. 1   40" x 30" oil on canvas
ANDROMEDA, NO. 1 40" x 30" oil on canvas

This is the first of two of the Andromeda series. To be in the midst of painting a number of smaller, detailed, landscapes and seascapes currently, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a couple of commissions of more truly evocative, emotive, semi-abstract paintings. They presented me with a unique challenge of revisiting and recreating two works that were all about emotion, response, and non-objective painting from the gut. No small task.

COME WITH THUNDER   60" x 48" oil on canvas
COME WITH THUNDER 60" x 48" oil on canvas

A visitor who came to one of my open studios, after viewing this painting for a while, told me he was a pilot, and that he actually flew on the Space Shuttle a few times. He told me that I had captured the most intriguing vantage point with this painting, where you are no longer looking up at the cloud, as we usually do on land, nor looking down on clouds as we fly across country. He told me I caught the view that only pilots see — that of actually flying into the cloud head-on. This is a very powerful painting for me, as it entails a variety of elements.

CUMULUS, NO. 4   40" x 30" oil on canvas
CUMULUS, NO. 4 40" x 30" oil on canvas

This monolith of a cloud seems to confront the issue between semi-abstraction and realism. It’s about portals, passageways into the realm into and through the cloud.

VERITAS, NO. 3   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
VERITAS, NO. 3 48” x 36” oil on canvas

The third in a series of four, “Veritas,” in Latin, means “Truth.” In a day where truth is often hard to come by, as we are questioned daily through the news, the question from Pilate was, “What is truth.” For me, the truth always comes back to Nature. It doesn't know anything but truth, being, what IS. I have chosen the sun piercing through the clouds as my motif for truth.

CLOUD ATLAS   40" x 30" oil on canvas
CLOUD ATLAS 40" x 30" oil on canvas

“The strength of the idea, its execution and its originality are the signposts that the gallery looks for in the art that it represents.”

Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

SHROUD   20" x 24" oil on panel
SHROUD 20" x 24" oil on panel

“Brooks Anderson is, above all, a true believer in the power of painting. With a skilled hand and deft brush, Anderson speaks powerfully of the awe and wonder found in our experience of atmosphere and natural phenomenon…it is in this new series of cloud paintings that his vision opens up and aspires to majesty. The changing shapes of clouds fascinate us since childhood, and link us together no matter where we dwell. Anderson effectively lifts our eyes and encourages us to marvel again at the powerful billowing commonplace of the sky.”

Dan Addington, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

BODHISATTVA  48” x 36”  oil on canvas
BODHISATTVA 48” x 36” oil on canvas

BODHISATTVA: “In Buddhism, Bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for anyone who has generated Bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings; a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings.” For me, all things are connected by spiritual Being. That includes and is found in the appearance of a beautiful column of cloud, hovering above a field.

BOREALIS  36" x 36" x 2.5"  oil on canvas
BOREALIS 36" x 36" x 2.5" oil on canvas

I launch out into the deep with an ethereal, spiritual cloud piece which is built up with layers of transparent color glazes, and varnished in between each and every layer. The painter, Richard Diebenkorn, said something to the effect of addressing what is uncertain. This is my challenge, and my freedom now. 

PRAYING FOR LAND, NO. 1   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
PRAYING FOR LAND, NO. 1 48” x 36” oil on canvas

Quite unlike anything I’ve ever done, this is a largely spiritual painting, one might even call Symbolism. Of course, Turner, at times like this, is an influence. Taking out all detail, this subject matter becomes far more about emotion - what it’s like to stand at the precipice and being bathed in Light.

TERMINUS, NO. 5   14” x 11”  oil on canvas
TERMINUS, NO. 5 14” x 11” oil on canvas

Clouds for me are a constant muse to paint. Sometimes it’s key to leave best laid plans alone; so not painting a cloud this time, while painting the background, presented a more spiritual edge to the painting. 

(detail) LUMINA, NO. 3   36" x 48" oi on canvas
(detail) LUMINA, NO. 3 36" x 48" oi on canvas

A detail of the painting, “Lumina, no. 3,” which is a larger version of a previous painting - "Lumina, no. 2," which hangs in Cooper & Smith Gallery in Essex, CT - this painting exhibits a full-blown looseness and vibrancy of paint; brushstroke and color choice were purely spontaneous. One of my followers saw this image on the web, and commented, accurately, “Turner!”

VERITAS, NO. 2   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
CUMULUS, NO. 1   40" x 30" oil on canvas
TERRA AUSTRALUS  48" x 48" oil on canvas
ANDROMEDA, NO. 2   40" x 30" oil on canvas
COVENANT   36” x 48”  oil on canvas
ANDROMEDA, NO. 1   40" x 30" oil on canvas
COME WITH THUNDER   60" x 48" oil on canvas
CUMULUS, NO. 4   40" x 30" oil on canvas
VERITAS, NO. 3   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
CLOUD ATLAS   40" x 30" oil on canvas
SHROUD   20" x 24" oil on panel
BODHISATTVA  48” x 36”  oil on canvas
BOREALIS  36" x 36" x 2.5"  oil on canvas
PRAYING FOR LAND, NO. 1   48” x 36”  oil on canvas
TERMINUS, NO. 5   14” x 11”  oil on canvas
(detail) LUMINA, NO. 3   36" x 48" oi on canvas
VERITAS, NO. 2 48” x 36” oil on canvas

The second in a series of four, “Veritas,” in Latin, means “Truth.” In a day where truth is often hard to come by, as we are questioned daily through the news, the question from Pilate was, “What is truth.” For me, the truth always comes back to Nature. It doesn't know anything but truth, being, what IS. I have chosen the sun piercing through the clouds as my motif for truth.

CUMULUS, NO. 1 40" x 30" oil on canvas

The seminal start of my massive cloud explorations, it all fell together in this piece. There’s nothing like the first one setting the table.

TERRA AUSTRALUS 48" x 48" oil on canvas

My original cloud piece, with an inspiration from the Oregon Coast during a blustery day. My inspiration also came from see, for the first time, a seascape of Gerhard Richter. From then on, I took the motif and made it my own.

ANDROMEDA, NO. 2 40" x 30" oil on canvas

To be in the midst of painting a number of smaller, detailed, landscapes and seascapes currently, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a couple of commissions of more truly evocative, emotive, semi-abstract paintings. They presented me with a unique challenge of revisiting and recreating two works that were all about emotion, response, and non-objective painting from the gut. No small task.

COVENANT 36” x 48” oil on canvas

There is something about the confluence of power and beauty, a force of Nature witnessed. But this oil on canvas painting is not just about a large thunderhead, as it is entitled, “Covenant,” or an agreement between the intensions of Spirit, of the Divine, and the human. It’s a place where I just want to take off my shoes - an act of trust and submission to the superior force - and stand back and observe what’s before me...and consequently, feel the Divine.

ANDROMEDA, NO. 1 40" x 30" oil on canvas

This is the first of two of the Andromeda series. To be in the midst of painting a number of smaller, detailed, landscapes and seascapes currently, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a couple of commissions of more truly evocative, emotive, semi-abstract paintings. They presented me with a unique challenge of revisiting and recreating two works that were all about emotion, response, and non-objective painting from the gut. No small task.

COME WITH THUNDER 60" x 48" oil on canvas

A visitor who came to one of my open studios, after viewing this painting for a while, told me he was a pilot, and that he actually flew on the Space Shuttle a few times. He told me that I had captured the most intriguing vantage point with this painting, where you are no longer looking up at the cloud, as we usually do on land, nor looking down on clouds as we fly across country. He told me I caught the view that only pilots see — that of actually flying into the cloud head-on. This is a very powerful painting for me, as it entails a variety of elements.

CUMULUS, NO. 4 40" x 30" oil on canvas

This monolith of a cloud seems to confront the issue between semi-abstraction and realism. It’s about portals, passageways into the realm into and through the cloud.

VERITAS, NO. 3 48” x 36” oil on canvas

The third in a series of four, “Veritas,” in Latin, means “Truth.” In a day where truth is often hard to come by, as we are questioned daily through the news, the question from Pilate was, “What is truth.” For me, the truth always comes back to Nature. It doesn't know anything but truth, being, what IS. I have chosen the sun piercing through the clouds as my motif for truth.

CLOUD ATLAS 40" x 30" oil on canvas

“The strength of the idea, its execution and its originality are the signposts that the gallery looks for in the art that it represents.”

Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

SHROUD 20" x 24" oil on panel

“Brooks Anderson is, above all, a true believer in the power of painting. With a skilled hand and deft brush, Anderson speaks powerfully of the awe and wonder found in our experience of atmosphere and natural phenomenon…it is in this new series of cloud paintings that his vision opens up and aspires to majesty. The changing shapes of clouds fascinate us since childhood, and link us together no matter where we dwell. Anderson effectively lifts our eyes and encourages us to marvel again at the powerful billowing commonplace of the sky.”

Dan Addington, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

BODHISATTVA 48” x 36” oil on canvas

BODHISATTVA: “In Buddhism, Bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for anyone who has generated Bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings; a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings.” For me, all things are connected by spiritual Being. That includes and is found in the appearance of a beautiful column of cloud, hovering above a field.

BOREALIS 36" x 36" x 2.5" oil on canvas

I launch out into the deep with an ethereal, spiritual cloud piece which is built up with layers of transparent color glazes, and varnished in between each and every layer. The painter, Richard Diebenkorn, said something to the effect of addressing what is uncertain. This is my challenge, and my freedom now. 

PRAYING FOR LAND, NO. 1 48” x 36” oil on canvas

Quite unlike anything I’ve ever done, this is a largely spiritual painting, one might even call Symbolism. Of course, Turner, at times like this, is an influence. Taking out all detail, this subject matter becomes far more about emotion - what it’s like to stand at the precipice and being bathed in Light.

TERMINUS, NO. 5 14” x 11” oil on canvas

Clouds for me are a constant muse to paint. Sometimes it’s key to leave best laid plans alone; so not painting a cloud this time, while painting the background, presented a more spiritual edge to the painting. 

(detail) LUMINA, NO. 3 36" x 48" oi on canvas

A detail of the painting, “Lumina, no. 3,” which is a larger version of a previous painting - "Lumina, no. 2," which hangs in Cooper & Smith Gallery in Essex, CT - this painting exhibits a full-blown looseness and vibrancy of paint; brushstroke and color choice were purely spontaneous. One of my followers saw this image on the web, and commented, accurately, “Turner!”

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