Symbolic Pastels: Eileen Anderson’s Art


Shake, Shake, Shake
17.5″ x 13.5″
The Obelisk
14″ x 11 “
Escape Velocity
15″ x 22″
Eye of the Beholder
9″ x 6.5″
The Bronze Bowl
16″ x 12 “
12″ x 9″
In the Box
12″ x 9″
Perpetual Motion
9″ x 12″
12″ x 9″
12″ x 9″
From Whence We Came
12″ x 9″
Unidentified Swinging Object
15″ x 18″
9″ x 6.5″
Going Home
38″ x 50″
15″ x 12″
9″ x 12″
12″ x 9″


All images on this website copyright Eileen Anderson; all rights reserved.

About My Art

Philosophy: I create oil pastel drawings to explore beautiful combinations of colors and shapes, and make visible some things not of this earth. I start each pastel with a simple desire to see a certain color or color combination on the page. At each point in its development, I ask my inner mind what would look “right” with what I have already drawn.

Media: Oil pastels.

Style: My art is evocative. The colors and shapes are bold and definite. My pastels run from the completely abstract to accidental representations of otherworldly beings and phenomena. The colorful creatures I depict seem to fly, float, spurt, and roll about the page. I don’t know where they come from.

Background: I am a conservatory-trained, master’s level musician, and also have a master’s degree in engineering. Both required rigorous and analytical training. For me, creating pastels comes from a completely different place than my other endeavors. It is a part of me that would otherwise have no voice. I started out with crayons more than 20 years ago, then soon fell in love with pastels.