Oil Painting: Sea Map I

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Here is a description I wrote for the work (including the painting above) showing at North Park University’s Johnson Center, as part of the 2016 Alumni Triennial Art Show:


The More You Look the More You See

paintings by Deb Hendriksma Anderson

Lost in a tangle of plants—chicory, queen anne’s lace, joe pye weed. Bristling structures of thistle. Delicate strands of bindweed. Tense pods of jewelweed, showy plumes of goldenrod. Dry hedgerow, lush forest understory, the fluid surface of water, triangular folds of fabric.

In Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance a young writing student has nothing to say about the world, her country, or her town. Her instructor suggests she narrow her focus to one street or one building, and then to a single brick. With that narrowed focus she is suddenly free to describe and engage with her subject, and to express herself.

For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.
The more you look the more you see.

Lost in transient, maybe irrelevant details, painting is a way of paying close attention—a meditation. The subjects become a mirror of the inner landscape. Mapping out my context within changing spaces.

Pickeral Weed




Red Leaf

Light Shift, Left

Light Shift, Right

Sea Map I

Draped Figure

Sea Map II

White Doe


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