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Local artist Kevin Anderson recently completed his mural at the Encinitas Library. The project, inspired by the beauty of Moonlight Beach, was commissioned by the Friends of the Encinitas Library. Photo by Bill Slane
Local artist Kevin Anderson recently completed his mural at the Encinitas Library. The project, inspired by the beauty of Moonlight Beach, was commissioned by the Friends of the Encinitas Library. Photo by Bill Slane
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Local artist’s mural to be unveiled this month at Encinitas Library

ENCINITAS — Local artist Kevin Anderson was mostly finished with his newest mural on Tuesday morning at the Encinitas Library. But he didn’t seem ready to move on from the project.

Anderson began the mural at the beginning of November after the Friends of the Encinitas Library commissioned the work. Both the city’s Arts Commission and the Encinitas City Council approved the group’s project.

According to Anderson, the mural depicts crashing waves on the beach inspired by his personal experience at Moonlight Beach.

“That was one of the selling points for the Commission of the Arts, it wasn’t something of buildings or streets in Encinitas — it wasn’t a location,” said Jayne Henn, the city’s head librarian. “They wanted the feeling of this beauty that surrounds us.”

Anderson worked daily on the mural for roughly two-and-a-half weeks and his time at the site included plenty of interactions with members of the community.

Kevin Anderson worked daily on his “Ocean Blue” mural at the Encinitas Public Library. The mural will be officially unveiled on Dec. 11 at Art Night Encinitas. Photo courtesy of City of Encinitas
Kevin Anderson worked daily on his mural at the Encinitas Library for more than two weeks. The mural will be officially unveiled on Dec. 11 at Art Night Encinitas. Photo courtesy of City of Encinitas

“It’s been great being here and talking to people and answering their questions and getting to know them,” Anderson said.

The local artist even allowed some children, who were watching him paint, to add some of their own brush strokes to the mural.

Anderson often spends a lot of time before a mural project getting to know the surrounding area and talking with locals to get a better feel for what he is painting.

“Just talking with people allows you to have a more open mind and then things really can open up to you,” Anderson said. “That’s probably where I got most of my success was just being outside with my easel and talking with people.”

Being well known in North County for his local landscape art, the library and the Friends of Encinitas Library knew Anderson was their first call when planning for the mural.

The library provided Anderson with a sample photo of their vision for the project. The artist then created the piece “Ocean Blue,” which he used as a reference for the larger work.

“I stayed fairly close to it but there are subtle changes. Some color changes and things like that,” Anderson said.

Anderson has been painting landscapes since his youth and takes the most pleasure in painting ocean scenes, rather than landscapes containing cars and bridges, such as the one now on display at the city library.

“I learned a little bit more on this project about my subject, which is cool. Hopefully, in the future, I won’t have to learn a lot more about bridges and trains and cars,” Anderson said.

Anderson grew up in Solana Beach and attended San Dieguito Union High School, before it changed its name to San Dieguito Academy, and spent much of his time at the beach and surfing.

During that time, he also developed a passion for painting that has lasted decades.

“I still love it and I think that same motivation for it is still there and I hope it does for a long time,” Anderson said.

After spending more time speaking with those walking by Tuesday morning to talk about the work and the finishing touches, Anderson finally decided it was time to sign and walk away from the piece.

The mural will be officially unveiled as part of the city’s Art Night on Dec. 11 at the library hosted by Mayor Catherine Blakespear.

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