We had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis last year at the Knickerbocker Ice Festival (if you didn’t catch my blog then, you may want to check it out now). We had an instant connection. Phyllis’ passion for painting and painting here in the Hudson Valley (which we all know I’m so passionate about!), probably made it inevitable for us to connect. I am very happy to say that we’ve stayed in touch throughout the year since we met, one year ago this month. We’ve exchanged holiday cards and learned a little about each other’s lives.
The more we have gotten to know each, the more we have discovered that we both have visited and/or have a love for particular areas here in the Hudson Valley. Phyllis has many pieces in her Hudson Valley collection. Many of the paintings are scenes from the lower Hudson Valley & Hudson Highlands region. Like me, Phyllis says she finds herself heading West toward the Hudson River (which we all know how very special the river is to me) and up into the very dramatic landscape of the Hudson Highlands. Just as traveling in and around this beautiful Hudson Valley always makes me smile, Phyllis too says capturing the colors and sights of the valley lift her spirits and she finds happiness in being able to share with others through her paintings.
Oh and if you live in or near, or just love Larchmont, NY you may want to check our Phyllis’ collection titled Manor Park. As Phyllis describes it, “…Manor Park in Larchmont, NY is a charming little park located on the shores of the Long Island Sound. Its distinctive gazebos and wonderful rocky outcroppings have given me pleasure throughout the years since I discovered the park as a young girl. I’ve been painting small watercolors of the various views through the years and have also chosen two of my watercolors to publish as limited edition giclee prints.”
In addition to prints and originals, Phyllis offers a boxed set of 6 assorted cards of Manor Park scenes. Call 914 428-1224 or email Phyllis to order.
Phyllis has been working professionally as an artist since the early 80’s, first entering the world of art as a commercial artist and illustrator and gradually turned toward portraiture and fine art. My honey and I are considering a portrait of us from this past year as we just celebrated 5 years together!
While commissioned portraits continue to be a part of her work, Phyllis has found oil landscapes have become central to her body of work and have captured her heart & attention!
Phyllis feels that the variety of locations, atmospheric effects, changing seasons and climate present such endless possibilities that she now understands how her love of the landscape continues to feed her senses while at the same time challenge her abilities as an artist.
Phyllis paints in oil en plein air (artists lingo meaning “on location”) as well as in her Hartsdale, NY, studio where she will often finish a painting started on location but also paint new subjects using plein air sketches and photos taken with her digital camera as reference.