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The Art Group was founded nearly two decades ago when several Little Rock artists came together to share an art studio. In 2013, the artists officially opened a gallery, The Art Group Gallery, in Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center. Follow along as At Home in Arkansas interviews each of the group’s 17 artists to find out more about their inspirations and processes for creating.
At Home: Tell us a bit about your background. How did begin painting?
Shirley Anderson: My background is not in art. I have a BS degree in chemistry and math and an MBA. I worked in various labs and retired from a telecommunications company before I started my career in art. I started taking art lessons with 10-year-old kids right before I had the chance to retire and found out that I loved the peace it provided. I lost all concept of time and just immersed myself in the creative process—something that was not my nature as a typical “type A” personality. I have been working with a mentor, Richard McKinley, for the last eleven or twelve years. I really credit my progress in pastels to him. He is a wonderful instructor who says his mission is to make me the best artist I can be.