By Estella Lauter
Jack Anderson prepared for a career in teaching art by earning a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Art Education, and he taught art in Illinois public schools for many years. In the 1960s, however, he began to enroll in summer workshops with Gerhard Miller, and his attention shifted to painting. He became a full-time watercolor painter in 1977. He and his wife operated an art gallery until 2008.
Nearly all of his paintings are inspired by the landscape and shoreline of Door County. Having been familiar with the County for sixty years, he has witnessed many changes, so he tries to capture scenes before they disappear. As Gerhard Miller said,
“One never stops learning about the process of watercolor. Add to that the inspiration and challenge of Nature and the abundant choices for composition in Door County and you have a lifetime of possibilities for art.”