Life and the complexities of the human body inspire one local artist and doctor.
Dr. Patric Anderson, an emergency room physician at Sparks Van Buren, sees much of his day job in his art, he said.
“That’s not usually how I start out, but when I finish a piece, I look at it and I might say, ‘that looks like an aorta,’” Anderson said.
Anderson has at least 12 paintings hanging in the Van Buren hospital, he said. Many of those are abstract and layered with acrylic and oil paint, which creates texture to the point of being three dimensional.
One of his favorites is a piece entitled “Embryo Genesis,” a sea of blue swirls surrounding blood-red oval shapes that look like ovaries and an embryo in its amniotic sac - the last of his life series, he said.
Another, with vein-like blue lines and a splash of dark red, is entitled “Aorta dissection.”
Anderson is one of three Sparks Van Buren staff with artwork hanging on its walls, though he has the largest number of pieces exhibited there.
Lora Bottoms, a registered nurse, has two pieces in the intensive care unit waiting room, and Lisa Wells, also an R.N., has at least one piece in the hospital.
Bottoms’ often is inspired by both ordinary and unusual things from daily life, she said.
“One of my first pieces is of a barn that my brother built himself, that was a replica of the Old McDonald’s barn…that was at the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair,” Bottoms said.
Bottoms created art when she was younger, but has renewed her interest in the past year, she said. She is taking classes from a master artist, she said.
Anderson has had no professional training, but art has been a hobby and passion of his since college, he said.
Anderson’s grandmother was an artist, and he inherited her acrylic paints after she died. He also had college roommates who were artists, he said.
“I just started playing around with it and having fun, and I stuck with it,” Anderson said. “Other people fish and golf and whatever they do - I paint.”
Though Anderson creates art as a stress reliever, he admits he’s a bit of a perfectionist.
“I do have to kind of keep at it until I’m happy with everything,” Anderson said.
Anderson and his wife have a barn filled with his works, both completed or in progress. He often gives artwork away or sells them for charity, he said.
“I’m not famous and it’s not like I’m looking for the money, which is why I donate a lot of it,” Anderson said.
Anderson and the other artists were asked by Aimee Arzoumanian, Sparks Health System assistant chief executive officer, and Mary Jo Brinkman, Sparks Van Buren director of risk management and a member of the Center for Art and Education board, to exhibit their work on the hospital walls, they said.
Anderson also has exhibited his work at the Center for Art and Education and in his wife’s office, he said. Anderson’s wife is his “first critic” and the measure for the value he sets on each piece, he said.
“The more she loves a piece the more it will cost, because it’s harder for me to sell it,” Anderson said.
Bottoms’ and most of Anderson’s works being exhibited at the hospital are for sale.