by Daven Anderson

How do you define an “Urban Realist”? Self-described as such, this accomplished watercolorist is making colorful waves on our nation’s West Coast. Who and where?

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, California, is the current host of a great series of large-format watercolors by Daven Anderson. Titled “The Rivers,” the exhibition features about 48 paintings and continues to grow as Anderson works. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, nuclear submariner, sailor, and artist, Anderson seeks to use his skillful watercolors to celebrate the life and work on our inland waterways from coast to coast.

Daven Anderson, “Heading Home,” 2016, watercolor on board, 23 x 35 inches

Predominantly a self-taught artist, Anderson has spent years using watercolor to explore his fascination with urban life. Via his website, Anderson suggests, “One of his artistic intentions is to complete a series of approximately 65 works of the people and work on the inland waterway system.” Anderson is also the executive director of the Missouri Watercolor Society and managing director of the America Society of Marine Artists.

“The Rivers” opens on July 17 and will continue through September 24. To learn more, visit here.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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