Jonathan McPhillips 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 features the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment.
Recent accomplishments include The Boldbrush Award, and juried acceptance into American Impressionist Society National shows. His work was included in national juried shows in Scottsdale, AZ, San Antonio, TX, and Jackson Hole, WY. He was honored with a first place award at the Salmagundi Club, NY for his entry in the "Noble Nocturn" exhibition. Jonathan was also honored to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program which sent his work to U.S. embassies around the globe.
Jonathan periodically arranges workshops and courses in oil painting. His artistic journey can easily be followed through social media and e-newsletters, as well as his blog and website. Video samples of selected works in progress are also available, and have been especially popular among his collectors and fans.
"What compels me to paint? Without question, I was fortunate to have some amount of innate ability to create as a child. Perhaps the mystery ends there, as since early adulthood, 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 overt connectivity and brutal 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".