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Artist of the moment……..Herbert Andy Anderson


Herbert (Andy) Anderson was an American artist renown his wood carvings of the classic American West. Andy Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1893.

Andy Anderson left home and began to earn a living working as a cowboy at the young age of sixteen. Bored on the ranch he found a very homily cowboy who visited the ranch and thought this cowboy would make a great wood carving. Anderson carved it and it turned out great, an artist was born!

Anderson moved back to California in the late 1920s and the artist flourished producing many new caricatures and was able to earn a full time living from his carvings.

Anderson’s most popular figure is a carving named Sad Eyed Joe. The artist is pictured below with this carving which can be found at Knotts Berry Farm.




A former cabinet member even presented American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with a carving by Andy Anderson.

Andy Anderson passed away in 1960.

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In this clip a brief biography on the back ground of Sad Eyed Joe and interview with an owner of Knott’s Berry Farm:

To close we view a bust out attempt of the famed Sad Eyed Joe:

What a great artist whose most famous work, Sad Eyed Joe, will be seen for many generations yet to come!