Phyllis' work is exhibited year round at the Whatcom Art Market located in Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district at 1104 11th Street, Bellingham, WA (Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm).
Raised primarily in San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002 and currently lives in Burlington, Washington. As a child she and her parents lived in many of the southern United States and countries throughout the Far East. As a result, she attended eight schools by her high school graduation. Her father's military service provided her the opportunity to absorb a rich tapestry of visual information from many cultures.
Phyllis loved drawing even as a very young child but her initial foray into the world of paint and canvas began as an adult while living in Alaska. Her first love was the work of Sidney Laurence and his huge landscapes of Mount McKinley. She is primarily self-taught and "learned to see" by reproducing copies of Laurence's paintings in black and white. She prefers painting large and friends urged her to paint murals in their homes.
She began exhibiting her work in the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and has exhibited regularly in group shows and private venues since. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market, a cooperative gallery in Fairhaven, Washington. Her work can be seen in local venues and regularly at the Whatcom Art Market.
Phyllis works in a variety of media and styles. She excels in graphite and color pencil, normally producing photo realistic works featuring wild animals. In her vibrant and dramatic, experimental mixed media work, she creates texture by incorporating acrylic mediums, specialty papers, and "bits" (jewelry, hardware, wire, etc.) to produce appealing tactile surfaces. She layers transparent washes so previous hues shine through to the surface, providing rich saturated color.
"I'm a devotee of acrylics! I love them because they allow me to paint in the windows of time when I can. With a very busy household, stealing away to my studio for just a few moments to apply another coat or attach another thing and leave it to dry as obligations call me away, gives me the ability to create in spite of time limitations. Using acrylics also allows me to be free to explore, try, fail, or just change my mind."
Awards & Exhibits:
Raspberry Festival Exhibition, Jansen Art Center 2015
Spring Exhibition, Jansen Art Center 2015
Tri-Dee Arts Supplies, Mt Vernon, WA Spring/Summer 2015
1st place, mixed media, Art by the Airport 2014
Skagit Valley Regional Clinics exhibitions 2014
Skagit Valley Regional Clinics exhibitions 2013
Solo show, Anacortes Majestic Hotel 2013
Solo show, Anacortes private venue 2013
1st place, mixed media, Burlington Art Walk 2013
Solo exhibit, Burlington City Hall 2010
"Art is the colors and textures of your imagination." ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999