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Mick Anderson - Fine Artist

Mick Anderson

Grants Pass, OR - United States








Mick Anderson

Grants Pass, OR - United States

Mick Anderson - Fine Artist

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About Mick Anderson

While in college, Mick had the opportunity to work at St. Mary Lodge at the east entrance to Glacier National Park in Montana. It was in this magical place where he met several fellow students from other parts of the country who would change the direction of his life by introducing Mick to nature, the mountains, the guitar and singing, fly fishing, writing music, hiking, and -- most importantly -- the Single Lens Reflex camera! He had a chance to play with Pentacon, Yashica, Pentax, Nikon and other brands, leading cameras of the day. It opened up a whole new way of looking at the world, and started a hobby that quickly grew into a passion that has stood the test of many years. His first “real” camera was a Yashica “Electro-35” range-finder camera, which was followed quickly by a Fuji SLR featuring a Pentax screw-mount lens system, manual flashes, and a “semi-automatic” metering system -- which meant that Mick pretty much had to figure out exposures the “old fashioned” way of calculating aperture and shutter speed based on film speed and the lighting conditions of the moment. These lessons have served him well to this day, even with “auto everything” availability built into just about every camera available. Having an “eye” for photography and light is what sets Mick apart from many others!

The business of Mick’s Photography started in the summer of 1989 while living in Paradise, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It quickly grew to be one of the most popular wedding photography companies in the area. With Nikon film cameras in hand, Mick moved to Florence, Oregon, in January of 1996. Note to anyone considering a move in the dead of winter... don’t do it! Mick’s Photography quickly became the premier wedding photography business in western Lane County with newly acquired Canon film cameras, while the coast and mountains of Oregon brought out the true passion of his photography. He found beauty in the environment in all seasons of the year. He and his camera would often come home drenched but happy! Finally, another move in 2000 placed him in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, and there he is to this day.

In 2005 the film cameras gave way to the world of digital photography, and Mick hasn't looked back. With his Sony a77ii in hand, he now has freedoms and abilities that were only dreams in the age of film. New technologies combined with old-fashioned photographic sense are the driving forces behind the current incarnation of Mick’s Photography. More recently a hidden talent for the pen and brush have infused a new direction in his art. Keep watching!

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Well it has been a bit too long

January 28th, 2013

Yeah, it's been WAY too long since I've contributed to my own blog! During December I had a 13-piece exposition of my Grants Pass photography on the walls of the Barnstormer's Theatre here in GP. It was well received -- and Sarine and I just finish... 

Yes, November is here, the cold weather is upon us... and the Holidays are approaching fast! Autumn is my favorite time of the year, followed closely by the Christmas season :) The colors, the food, the smells and the jolly attitudes of those I run... 

The Holiday Season is Coming

October 23rd, 2012

Hey everyone! The Holiday Season is fast approaching! We went from high temps near 90 just a couple of weeks ago to our first snowfall on the hills around town last night... and it's doing it again tonight! We're getting a good start on our rainfa... 

I just learned that the Barnstormer's Theatre here in Grants Pass wants to feature my work -- specifically the Old Town -- in an exhibit to be held during the production of the play, "Our Town" later this fall. I am of course humbled and honored to ... 

First Books Created and Sold

September 21st, 2012

Lots of new images have been uploaded... in fact, I'm well over the 500 mark now! Most folks who seem to be selling on FAA have at least 500 images to choose from. 1000+ would be better, but I'm not quite there yet! Even so, I have plenty of stock... 

Rock Cairns and Cooler Days

August 27th, 2012

Some local guys built rock cairns (balanced stones) in the shallows of the Rogue River just downstream from the Caveman Bridge here in Grants Pass just a few days ago. I ventured down to the river's edge to grab a few photos late Saturday and was re... 

I've just finished (for now) uploading old and unique autos, and am now concentrating on some of the historic buildings in downtown Grants Pass. Thanks to all of you who have visited the galleries on FAA -- keep visiting!! I promise a lot more in v... 

Abstract Autos

August 18th, 2012

Hi Peeps! I continue to add new images to my galleries here at FAA, and my latest offerings are abstract images of cars, trucks and automotive symbols. Also, I'm adding more prints to my downtown display here in Grants Pass, Oregon. The ones goi... 

Classic Cars

August 14th, 2012

I'm finally getting the classic car photos up from the car show a couple of weeks ago! Finally! :) Along with the standard photos (which I hope you will agree are aesthetically better than the average!), I have thrown in some special effects to bri... 

Breaking Through

August 5th, 2012

Well, it's Sunday the 5th of August... and is this summer going fast or WHAT?? :) We finally hit the 100 degree mark here in Grants Pass today, about 2 years since the last time we saw temps that high. I'm ready for a cool-down!! I uploaded the... 

Paintings are now on FAA

July 30th, 2012

Just an additional note for today... my original paintings are now coming online! Two are up for now, and more are on the way. Hope you like 'em! :) ~M 

I've just gotten around to processing and uploading more barn photos from the Shasta Valley of far northern California. I'm particularly fond of a few of 'em! The "Back to the 50s" celebration here in Grants Pass just finished up last night with ... 

Sarine and I drove south into California and ended up at the Shasta Lavender Farm near Montague a week and a half ago. A lot of those photos are up on FAA now, with more coming over the next few days. Also, the Back to the 50s celebration is in tow... 

New Photos

July 17th, 2012

My wife Sarine and I took a trip into the Applegate Valley this last Sunday afternoon. We found a nice lavender farm, a produce stand that will soon sport a nice place to eat a hotdog, and Pennington's Farm where we picked up a nice supply of apple ... 

New Uploads

July 14th, 2012

I've loaded new photos to FAA... stop by and take a look! Invite your friends, too... the more the merrier!! More new stuff and some images from several years back are on the way, so stop by again soon :) Happy summer daze! ~ M 

Summer is Here

July 8th, 2012

Yep, summer has finally come to Grants Pass and the Rogue Valley! We'll top out at just under 100 today -- and we have not seen 100 degrees since summer before last, so it's a shock to the system! We're not humid so the feel isn't nearly as bad as ... 

Popular Request

July 1st, 2012

As you know, I have an artist display in "Special Creations & Crafters Corner" at the corner of 6th and G in Grants Pass. By request of the owner since she's been getting the requests from customers, I am now adding explanation text to specific piec... 

Time Marches On

June 27th, 2012

Time marches on! My gallery is open within Special Creations and Crafters Corner at the corner of 6th and "G" in downtown Grants Pass. The grand opening will be within a few weeks and I'll let you all know here in the blog :) I have a full display... 

Pottsville and Gallery

June 19th, 2012

The "booth" is now a small "gallery" in downtown Grants Pass (6th and "G")! It's really coming together since this last Saturday, and a lot more is coming! Also, I got to Pottsville this last Sunday afternoon -- got some new OLD frames, met some pe... 

Updating the Booth

June 15th, 2012

Welcome to another installment of my photo-art blog! I'm busy preparing to do some updates at the booth in downtown Grants Pass. Sarine has some ideas that I think will add a lot of class to the display. And I'm preparing a few more pieces for dis... 

Hello all you photo and art affecianatos!, I may not have spelled that correctly, but you KNOW who you are :) Well, as of Saturday afternoon, my booth at "Special Creations and Crafters Corner" at the corner of 6th and "G" Street in Grants Pass is ... 

We had a rare opportunity to witness Venus in Transit today across the entire country. Sure, a lot of photographers and astronomers captured the image, but so did I :) This blog entry features one of those photos, and there are three additional ima... 

The End of May 2012

May 30th, 2012

Hi Peeps! Well, Memorial Day is but a memory now. I got a lot of photos at the races, and I was fortunate enough to have the F-15 fly low right over my house! That photo is up on FAA as of tonight. I have more of the fly over and the jetboat ra... 

Eclipse and Graduation

May 24th, 2012

Hi Peeps! Well, the annular eclipse came and darkened the skies over southern Oregon last Sunday afternoon, late. I was out there with my camera and captured images far exceeding my wildest expectations! In fact, I had no idea what I was going to... 

Craft Fair A Success

May 8th, 2012

Hi y'all... Well, the craft fair was held at work today (Monday) and it was a successful venture! There were 15 of us employees showing our crafts, and I was the only photographer among the talented folks there. Sales of my photography made up ap... 

Working at Getting Ready

May 4th, 2012

Tonight I just uploaded a few images for prints in a continuing effort to get ready for the craft fair on Monday. Sarine is going to help by manning the tables while the rest of us employees of the insurance company work. Yeah, we still have to work.... 

Showing My Photography

May 3rd, 2012

This coming Monday I'll be participating in an Employee Craft Fair at work, Mid Rogue Health Plan/CareSource, here in Grants Pass. If anyone is around the GP area, stop in at 740 SE 7th St between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and take a look! This is the sta... 

A Nice Sunny Day

April 22nd, 2012

Hey, it's Sunday! And it's warm and sunny outside... supposed to be around 85 today. Just a few high wispy clouds floating by harolding some cooler cloudier weather coming this next week, pretty much normal spring weather. My apple tree and cherry... 

The Weekend Is Here

April 15th, 2012

Hello friends... I took a walk on a trail that was new to me here in Grants Pass on the east side of town. Those photos are on the computer now, but I haven't done anything with them yet. However, I went back to a photo of yellow flowers I had po... 

From the Hilltop

April 12th, 2012

Last Sunday morning, just after the sunrise service to commemorate the Resurrection, I was lucky to see images of Grants Pass in early morning light. The fog was still hanging in parts of the valley just west of town... and made the photos that much ... 

Just Joined Pinterest

April 11th, 2012

Besides putting up a series of photos from my garden, and a really exotic photo of Stargazer lilies, I just joined Pinterest at the coaxing of my friend Kathy. With all this going on you could possibly see my photos just about anywhere! And I'm not... 

More Comments Coming In

April 6th, 2012

The weather refuses to warm up! There was snow, hail, rain... and a little sun today. Hopefully Spring will try to return tomorrow -- Easter is just a few days away and traditionally one of the nicest days of the year to take the camera out for bri... 

More Inspiration

April 5th, 2012

The weather is crazy around here! This is April and instead of bees buzzing around pollinating my fruit trees, we're dealing with possible snow flurries, hail, rain, clouds, ... well, you get the picture. Most of the U.S. is warmer than normal and d... 

New Photos and a Sale

April 4th, 2012

Hi Peeps! Well, they say that "even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile", and I feel so fortunate to have scored my first photo sale on FAA. The print will be hanging on a wall in northern California in a few days, and I couldn't be happier... 

Today I loaded more photo-art pieces taking my online total to over 200. Also, I updated my website ( to include links to this blog. Hopefully a few more of my friends and acquaintances will follow my ramblings! I discovered at wo... 

Classic and Hot Rod Cars

April 1st, 2012

Hi Photo-Art fans... I just put up a collection of classic and hot rod car photos, and I hope you'll go see them. To accommodate them I created a new gallery and will add to that gallery as time goes on. I might even put in some newer auto photos... 

Hi photo fans! Today I added a lot of photos from my travels on the Oregon coast and in California -- both the coast and the Sacramento Valley up through the Mt Shasta area. Most of these photos were taken within the last couple of years. Now it's... 

I have so many images captured over the years... and the last few weeks! And all the times in between, too. I'm uploading the best of what I've taken here in Oregon, both in the Rogue Valley and on the coast... and elsewhere in the state, as well a... 

Life goes on

March 27th, 2012

The rain is approaching fast here in the Rogue Valley. By the time I got home from work the sun was faded to nothingness in the west and the clouds were getting lower and darker. I managed to mow my lawns, front and back, before it got too dark -- ... 

New Gallery added today

March 26th, 2012

I added a new Gallery for California coast photography this evening. In my continuing efforts to expand my selection for YOU, I've also added about 10 more new images, mostly panoramas. I hope to continue to expand my selection, including some neat ... 

Good evening all! As of today I've opened up the artist website that is part of FAA. I hope everyone takes a tour of the site. It will be linked in my Mick's Photography website in several places. Since most of my sell-able photos are now on FAA, I'... 

New photos uploaded

March 24th, 2012

3/23/2012: Ok, I think I've loaded up as much as I have prepared for the moment. My next move is to create the personal FAA website that is part of the membership. I'm looking forward to completing that task and linking to it from my www.micksphoto...