We asked friends, families, and supporters of CASA to generously submit any original artwork they thought would make a great greeting card. We were graciously overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from everyone: 70 artists submitted over 100 pieces to the fundraiser. Meet Gina Anderson: one of the 19 artists whose piece was chosen to help benefit victimized children in New Hampshire.
Gina Anderson is an a western native who bounced her way to New England, ending up in Windham, New Hampshire. “Being in New England has given me a much deeper appreciation of the seasons,” she says, “and I truly love how the landscape visually changes with each passing month.” She has been creating some kind of art since the age of eleven, leading her to the fantastic painter she is today. To learn about the passions Gina has that made her transition from a human factors engineer to an artist, we asked her a few questions:
CASA: Tell us about yourself! What is your background? Do you primarily create art or do you have other hobbies/careers?
GINA: I primarily create art as a hobby now. After selling a number of paintings by being in a cooperative gallery, my art selling adventures shifted after the co-op gallery closed. Following that, my paintings were displayed in a venue that had a huge electrical fire (none of my paintings were damaged luckily), and following that four of my paintings were stolen from a small shop. I then thought “the universe is really trying to tell me something right now, so I better listen!!” and that is when I transitioned a bit. I also have a dog treat company called Good Paws Bakery, and I enjoy studying various spiritual topics.
CASA: How long have you been creating art? How were you introduced to this craft?
GINA: I took my first oil painting lessons when I was 11 years old and did that until I was 16 – after I got my drivers license, there was too much fun available with that freedom! I picked up the brushes again around 2005 and now enjoy painting very much.
CASA: Do you have a process you typically use to generate new ideas?
GINA: I primarily get my inspiration by being out and about in nature or noticing the small moments available to us all. It is fun to stop and notice simple or extraordinary scenes – and especially see how lighting or cropping a scene can change everything.
CASA: What are three words you would use to describe your artistic style?
GINA: Nature-inspired, more impressionistic as opposed to realistic… After that, I am not really sure.
CASA: Do you have any influencers in the art industry that you particularly enjoy?
GINA: I love the work of many artists and am grateful for what I have learned by taking classes (some plein air) from locally Kim Roth, Randy Knowles and Stapleton Kearns, as well as traveling to study with Kevin MacPherson, Julian Merrow Smith and Joe Paquet.
CASA: Do you have a website or a business that you would like to share with the readers?
GINA: I would welcome people to take a look at my art website. If you see something there that you would like to learn more about, please contact me and I would love to talk to you about it!
CASA: What is your affiliation with CASA?
GINA: I have some good friends who volunteer for CASA or are involved in your various fundraisers.
Thank you to Gina and every other artist who submitted to the CASA Cards for a Cause Fundraiser. This fundraiser is yet another way ordinary people can make extraordinary efforts in combating child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. There are so many way to help, so thank all of you who have done so.
If you’d like to purchase Gina’s greeting card or view the rest of the cards we sell from other local artists, click here to browse.
All Cards printed by Allegra of Bedford.