Candyce Anderson has deep roots on Anderson Island, a small island in the southern end of Puget Sound, where her Danish great-grandparents homesteaded a 10 acre waterfront farm in the late 1880’s. A lifelong passion for evergreen forests that spill into rocky beaches and tidepools led her to an undergraduate degree in marine biology. Her father was an engineer, and her artist mother taught private art lessons to kids in the garage of their southern California home. During the summers of her college years, it became Candyce’s responsibility to teach the Children’s Summer Art Classes.
After attaining her Bachelor of Science degree at UPS, she came to a fork in the road and went a completely different direction that led to graduate school in ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts degree, also at UPS. She landed a job at Charles Wright Academy and remains there today, 34 years later, as Lower School Art Teacher, “Miz Candy”, who delights in teaching children to use their “art eyes” to see things differently in order to generate new ideas and possibilities.
As an artist, Candyce works in a variety of media – fiber arts, jewelry, painting, printmaking, woodwork, construction, and graphics design. She enjoys welding, gathering rocks for sculpture, “trashcan treasure hunting”, kayaking, rescuing buildings from ruins, and renovating 100 year old houses, one of which is the farmhouse on the family homestead on Anderson Island. She shares her life with two Abyssinian cats and spends her summers on the rocky shore of Desolation Sound in Canada.
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