Liz Phillips

American Art Collector - - Artists Focus -

Artist Liz Phillips con­sid­ers her paint­ings to be labors of love. Ad­mit­ting it is a form of es­capism, she is eas­ily ab­sorbed by the de­tails and sub­tleties of her sub­jects. Her main muse has al­ways been the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, but she is in­spired by color that sings, light­ing that dra­ma­tizes a sub­ject or any scene that tells a story or cap­tures a mo­ment worth re­mem­ber­ing, whether quirky or sub­lime. She has trav­eled to many places near and far, but can also find in­spi­ra­tion in her im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings.

Work­ing from her own pho­tos, notes and mem­ory, Phillips uses her com­puter and col­ored pen­cils—a pre­vi­ous medium of choice as a com­mer­cial il­lus­tra­tor for many years—to cre­ate an im­age that feels “can­vas wor­thy.” She paints what she calls “the bones” of the im­age and then grad­u­ally adds and fine-tunes the de­tails. Phillips says, “The act of paint­ing it­self trans­ports me away from the noise of ev­ery­day life, and I can get lost in it. It’s my hope that the fin­ished piece does the same for the viewer and also com­mu­ni­cates at least some of the story it spoke to me.”

Born in 1960, raised and still liv­ing in Wis­con­sin, Phillips’ work can reg­u­larly be seen at gal­leries through­out the state. Cur­rently she ex­hibits at the Gallery of Wis­con­sin Art in West Bend; Wood­walk Gallery in Egg Har­bor; and Sadler Gallery in Mil­wau­kee. Her web­site in­cludes all of her work and cur­rent events, while her monthly news­let­ter gives fol­low­ers the first glimpse of each new piece.

King’s River, Cal­i­for­nia, oil on stretched can­vas, 30 x 30"

Pe­tu­nia Spill, oil on stretched can­vas, 30 x 20"

Sum­mer, oil on stretched can­vas, 18 x 36"

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