E. Pearl Anderson
Growing up on a Fleming County, Kentucky, farm, Pearl had only one dream -- “being a nurse.” But her development as a potential artist was already beginning. She was influenced by the colors of nature that surrounded her on the farm and by working with her mother on dress design and sewing projects. When she reached high school, Pearl found herself the one schoolmates called on to design posters for events. Still she never thought of herself as an artist.
Pearl fulfilled her dream and became an RN in 1961. A nursing career, marriage to her husband, Carlos, and raising a family kept her busy. But when she returned to school at Campbellsville College, she found herself wondering about art—“could I do it?” So she majored in social work but minored in art. For a short time after her graduation from Campbellsville in 1977 she worked in acrylics and oils. She enjoyed some recognition but many other interests and responsibilities took over – church, family and a career in health care management and teaching. Consequently she laid her paint brushes down for 30 years.
In 2009, however, a new dream took hold – being a watercolor artist. Pearl took a workshop, studied books and CDs and got a bit of private instruction. Watercolor painting began to flow from her (along with poems and short stories). She has sold prints and numerous note cards made from her original watercolor paintings.
“I delight in capturing a bit of the beauty that God surrounds us with every day whether it is a flower, a sunset, water falling or an open field with cattle grazing,” Pearl says, “It’s a blessing to learn one’s gift after seventy years of age.”
Pearl and Carlos live in London, Laurel County, KY.