Famous watercolorist Bill Anderson paints Seal Beach Pier

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Seal Beach Pier Watercolor from 2013 by Artist Bill Anderson. Courtesy artwork

Sunset Beach Artist Bill Anderson, whose watercolors are in galleries and museums all over the world, has been painting the Seal Beach Pier for many years. “The pier is a very special place for me and my family,” said the former Long Beach and Los Alamitos school art teacher. “There’s a uniqueness to it, a charm that fits perfectly in the small town atmosphere. In the Summer, when it’s hot elsewhere, you usually can find a cool breeze on the pier. The beach and surf are fun and the views of ships and cities are magnificent.”

For six decades, the Minnesota native has painted France, Italy, Holland, Norway, Mexico, Greece and Latvia but Seal Beach remains one of his favorite spots to apply paint brush to paper. A book featuring the pier, uniqueness and beauty of Seal Beach was recently published and is available at his Sunset Beach Gallery.

“Visiting Bill Anderson’s Gallery was a wonderful experience, and meeting Bill and hearing stories about his life as an artist was a true pleasure … fascinating and inspiring. He is extremely talented, and the sketches and paintings that he created and included in his Seal Beach book are vibrant and reminiscent. It’s a wonderful keepsake and portrayal of our city,” said Seal Beach resident and Realtor, Karen McEniry.

“God has definitely gifted this man in a wonderful way,” said Senior Pastor Joe Pedick of Sunset Beach’s Calvary Chapel of the Harbour. “He really is able to capture Seal Beach’s paradise in a colorful, memorable manner. He brings the charming town to life in his paintings.”

If you would like to meet Bill Anderson, you can come to his Gallery at 16812 Pacific Coast Highway (next to Captain Jack’s Restaurant), Sunset Beach on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 1 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. His phone number is: 562-592-4393.

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