Delaware artist Larry Anderson has passed away.
Anderson was best known for painting iconic Delaware buildings, describing himself as a “painter of memories.”
His works range from Wilmington Station to the soon to be leaving Dolle’s candy board at Rehoboth Beach. The sign should be in the seaside town museum. (See the video below)
Anderson’s friend Barry Schlecker said the artist had a rare combination of talent as an artist as well as skills to market his work.
Schlecker said it was difficult to walk into a doctor’s or other professional office and not see one of Anderson’s paintings or reproductions.
Anderson organized his own exhibitions and operated a successful business that sold original paintings and reproductions. He also did custom work.
Anderson graduated in Fine Arts from the American Academy of Arts in Chicago, where he studied commercial illustration and watercolor.
After transferring to the Delaware Valley as an electrical engineer and construction manager in 1984, he found painting to be his calling and spent the last quarter of a century as a “full-time artist and part-time civic activist ”.
Anderson was known for his meticulous research of buildings and street scenes, his work impressing those who remembered sets that have disappeared.
Anderson has received numerous honors and has been a featured artist at the Brandywine Festival of the Arts. In 2010 he was appointed comrade artist by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Schlecker said he became friends with Anderson after joining other artists over a decade ago to seek his advice on the future of the Brandywine Festival.
Schlecker became the director of the festival, which was held last summer after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The arrangements have not been announced.