Phyllis’ art evokes the natural beauty of coastal New England, the ocean; the beaches and the wild life are her constant inspiration. She strives to pare down and find the essence of her subject matter by abstracting shapes and exaggerating color. Color and shape is the language she uses to capture the feeling, mood or an impression of her subject matter. She finds straddling the edges of realism and abstraction the most exciting and challenging aspect of her art.
One of nine children, she spent her childhood summers in Westport MA, a pristine coastal town, and moved back to the area several years ago.
Her first memories of painting are of the excitement she felt standing in front of her mother’s easel and painting a small still life, she was hooked.
Although her interest and love has always been in art, her career took a different path. Along with being a mother of three sons, she worked for ten plus years as a computer software manager at Lotus Corporation and IBM in Cambridge, MA.
After leaving the industry she began to focus on her passion, painting
Although partially self taught she studied at the Cambridge Intensive Studio School in Cambridge, MA. The Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH and The Coleman Center for the Arts at the Newport Art Museum, Newport, R.I. along with selective workshops from master artist including Charles Sovek, Ken Auster, Robert Burridge and Camille Przewodek.
Her art has won numerous awards and is in private collections in the United States and Europe. She also has commissioned corporate works displayed at the Yale Women’s Health Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is represented in galleries in Boston, MA., Wellfleet, MA and Charleston, SC.
Mostly a studio painter, in the summer she enjoys taking her Boston Whaler, along with a dog or two, out on the Westport River to paint, taking a dip now and then, combining her two favorite activities, painting and swimming.
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