baseball artwork by bill anderson

Artist Bill Anderson captures the power and skill of baseball in his fine art paintings and drawings

Sunset Beach, Calif.--You'll find only homeruns this baseball season when you score a victory by visiting Anderson Art Gallery and its new baseball art exhibit.  A former semi-pro baseball pitcher, Bill Anderson of Huntington Beach, captures the essence of America's most beloved summer sport with his original art that's won awards and has been featured in books.

bill anderson art gallery picture"I love baseball and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play my fair share of it," says the successful painter, art dealer and gallery owner.  From throwing a ball to artfully applying a brush to canvas, it's all in the wrist, or partially so, says the pitcher turned painter. With many successes under his belt, Anderson has been featured in the top galleries around the globe. His art includes a variety of subjects from buildings and landscapes to people in motion. Bringing his subjects to life, his baseball series includes Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle. (Bill Anderson is pictured with one of his favorite baseball pastel drawings of Jackie Robinson.)

Celebrating not only baseball, but African Americans in the sport, Anderson pays homage to Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball 60 years ago. Jackie Robinson played second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgerss  beginning on April 15, 1947. To view great baseball art, Anderson Art Gallery is located at 16812 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m., call before going or arrange and appointment: (562) 592-4393.

When we first visited the fine arts gallery next to Captain Jacks restaurant (home to the best Alaskan King Crab Legs in Southern California), an artist walked into Anderson's shop, hoping to be able to hang her works on his walls.

Explaining kindly and politely that he represented and only had room for a select handful of the world's top watercolorists, Anderson said that he gets at least one such request per week.  The former art teacher never wants to discourage budding art students, so his rejections are dished out in a friendly manner.

In a gallery that's seen the likes of Cameron Diaz, who was asked by Anderson's wife, Ausma, if she would like to model for paintings, to collectors that fly into L.A. just to acquire collector pieces, the small Sunset Beach gallery is an incredible gem chock-full of amazing watercolors you could travel the globe and never find in one place. 

It is here that Anderson represents some of the originators of a genre such as Milford Zornes, an American watercolorist credited as one of the founders of a style of watercolor that became popular in the early to mid 1900's.

Be sure to drop by the friendly shop and bring your wallet. Like Cameron Diaz, you may feel the urge to buy something.  Returning to the Sunset Beach art gallery with a plastic baggie filled with money, the owners still did not know that she was a celebrity, but they decided that the young lady definitely had style.


About Bill Anderson: A painter who works in oil on canvas, watercolor and print making, the skilled craftsman also  sculpts in paper, clay, ceramics and bronze. Anderson's paintings and sculptures have been displayed in Art Expo West, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Minesota State University, Palm Springs Dessert Museum, Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, Museum of Modern Art in Guadalajara, the Galería Coyoacán and the National Museum of Watercolor in Mexico City. Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Education are a few publications recognizing his talents. He and his artist/wife, Ausma, have co-owned the Sunset Beach gallery for nearly a decade.


Other paintings and art by Bill Anderson that are represented in his gallery include:


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