Join Jonathan McPhillips from 3 to 4 as he demonstrates his process for creating a coastal painting. Using sketches, plein air studies, photo editing tools, and memory, he will create a painting with a unique style that elevates the source material to a higher level of visual attention and painterly expression.
Then chat with him at his reception from 5 to 7.
Jonathan graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Jonathan’s artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment.
Recent accomplishments include three awards in three juried shows at the Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, in 2018. Jonathan also received signature status in The American Impressionists Society in 2018. He held several workshops last year including locations in Watch Hill, RI and Hilton Head, SC. Jonathan also continues to be invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program which has sent his work to U.S. embassies around the globe.
“Creating art has been a constant in my life. After collegiate studies in modern techniques with traditional influences, I have found my focus in “contemporary impressionism”, a form of realism and painterly expression. For me, each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together…a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our environment. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has somehow captivated a friend or a stranger. Whether the emotion I evoke leads to a purchase, a new workshop participant, or just an extended pause on a gallery browse, it is truly inspiring to know that my interpretations on canvas can be a positive force for others. Maybe that is why I paint. In a world of global connectivity and digital clarity, painting retains a sense of mystery for us all…a bit of magic…unspoken and unwritten threads connecting our hearts and minds. Through my paintings and instruction, I intend to connect as many threads as I can, for as long as I can.”