Lance Anderson was born and raised in Central California, a region that is both the doorstep of the great national parks like Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia and is within a short drive to the Pacific Ocean.
Nature was in every direction and his parents made sure he and his brother spent as much time as possible hiking, camping, surfing, snowboarding, fishing, boating, or just being outdoors. Lance developed a great love for nature, and the more he got lost in it, the more he began to see things differently. As with all things in nature, Lance looks to the sun for life and inspiration and desires to seek out as many corners of the sun as can be found.
Lance has been teaching for over 25 years and teaching art for 15 years. He has taught middle school Art and high school Ceramics, finding fulfillment in teaching the future about art and providing a place on campus where students can feel free from all of life’s problems and feel inspired to be creative. A recent injury has forced Lance out of the classroom to recover.
In addition, Lance has been a singer in bands since he was a teenager, giving voice to a variety of genres such as punk, rock, hip hop, reggae, soul, and ska. He has also used music as a creative outlet for poster art, designing posters and logos for the bands he has been in as well as many other bands.
Lance is married with two kids and loves every part of being a husband and dad, especially continuing to pass on his love of nature and the outdoors to a new generation. He has been on a lifelong quest to find inspiring corners of the sun around his home in Central California and worldwide. There are many corners of the sun. Find yours!
Lance’s work is inspired by his many adventures throughout California and beyond. He can’t be everywhere he wants all at once so he creates art as a way to escape to the places he loves so dearly or invents in his mind.
Yearly trips to the Big Island of Hawaii and other trips to Alaska, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and more, have enhanced his world views and exposed him to many wonderful cultures. Bright colors, sharp contrasts, and simplified/abstracted forms are the basis of his landscape work.
With a yearning to show how when simplified, all things reveal themselves to be both more similar and yet more distinct, Lance’s abstracted lines and shapes tell of simpler details and forms in his paintings. He uses a smaller color pallet—inspired by skateboard silk-screened designs of the late 70s and early 80s—to further simplify the abstraction, yet without losing the sense of the real.
When possible, Lance likes to work on materials that would normally end up in the trash like used surfboards, skateboards or scrap pieces of wood for more sustainability.
Lance dives into many themes mostly under the umbrella of escapism art that include surfing, skateboarding, tiki, tropical, landscapes, animals and more. He’s been honored to have his art featured on book covers, album covers, concert posters, t-shirts, stickers, and more.
Corners of the Sun was born during Lance’s sophomore year at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California. He was taking an art class that included a screen-printing project. He became more interested in graphic design and screen printing under the guidance of his teacher, Mr. Smart. This new interest turned into an idea to start his own surf t-shirt company and name it Corners of the Sun.
The idea was simple: seek out the sunshine in life wherever that may be, with the sun being a metaphor for happiness. “There are many corners of the sun, find yours” became the motto.
Lance along with a couple of friends spent a few weekends printing a few hundred shirts. They didn’t know anything about justification or carousel printers, just eyeballed it and heat set them on a cookie sheet in the oven. It was a ton of work but super fun and a great memory. The concept has stuck with him his entire life as he continues to seek out and find new corners of the sun every day.