Little Rhino Studio
P.O. Box 2257
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Street Address for Deliveries:
McGuffey Art Center
Studio 23
201 2nd Street, NW
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 996-2457


Bob and Panther
Spider Monkeys

Bob Anderson: Artist Statement

My work is about simplifying what I see, translating nature into stylized, imagined “junglescapes” and broad vistas that border on the surreal. Early on I was influenced by N.C. Wyeth book illustrations and etchings by Albrecht Dürer, by how detailed lines can suggest shape and mass. To me, rendering with a fine ink pen or brush can be an intimate and meditative experience for both artist and viewer.

Many of my oils and hand-colored drawings are inspired by my travels and lifelong experience with the natural world. Growing up in Hawaii, I lived up the street from a rainforest, and since then have been obsessed with the jungle and the connections between animals and their environments. The creatures in my work—from spider monkeys and rhinos, to wild boars and zebras—are often in settings they would never share, peaceable kingdom fantasies where I have ultimate control. I often sketch directly from observing animals as they move through their habitats in Central America, India, and Africa. Like my drawings, my paintings of minimal landscapes, mountains, and open spaces explore repeated marks, where lightplay, layering, and detailed passages draw the eye close.

As an architect I also am interested in a contemporary, abstract approach to place, space, and repeated forms. Drawing links my art and architecture, as does my interest in the intersection between our natural and built environments.

Overall, whether it is my architectural projects, book publications, large-scale drawings and paintings, or personal sketchbooks, I am always in a state of exploration, where the act of painting and putting line to paper is a meditation for me on my profound spiritual connection and common origin with the nature all around me.

all materials © 2008-15 Little Rhino, Bob Anderson