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.

Artist’s Statement

"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".




  • Connecticut College New London, Connecticut
    BFA Cum Laude with Distinction in Studio Art, 1993

Selected Awards and Exhibitions

  • "All Hands on Deck" Group Invitational Exhibition, Newport, RI, 2017
  • Art League of Rhode Island "Boats, Surf, Beaches" Juried Exhibition with Award of Merit, Providence, RI, 2017
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters " Best of Plein Air" Juried Exhibition, 2017
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters "August Nights" Juried Exhibition, 2017
  • One Man Show, Addison Art Gallery, Cape Cod, MA, 2017
  • Modern Marine Masters Exhibition, Mystic, CT, 2017
  • Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT, 2017
  •  American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Park City, UT, 2017
  • Boldbrush Award Winner, September, 2015
  • American Impressionists Society 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition,
    Denver, CO, 2014
  • American Impressionists Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Charlestown, SC, 2013
  • The Noble Nocturn, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY (juried First Place Award), 2012
  • Modern Marine Masters, the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, 2011-2015
  • American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition, 2011-2013
  • The Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT 2010-2015
  • 2011 Carmel Art Festival, Carmel California
  • American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Park City, UT 2018

Past and Present Affiliations

  • American Impressionist Society Signature Member, 2018
  • Elected Artist Member: Salmagundi Club NY, 2011
  • U.S. Dept. of State "Art in Embassies"Program 2006-present
  • Display at the Montenegro, Lithuania, Guyana, and Uzbekistan Embassy residencies
  • Art League of Rhode Island 2001- present
    Vice President
    Artist Member
    Multiple Committee Member
  • Newport Art Museum, Newport, RhodeIsland, 2000 - present
    Artist member
    Instructor of painting and drawing, Coleman Center for Creative Studies 02, 04
  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, Rhode Island 2000- present
    Artist Member
  • South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island 2002-2003
    Artist Member


Auction Contributor

  • Child and Family Services,
    Newport, RI
  • Newport Art Museum
    Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown, RI
  • Newport Casino and Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Friends of the Brown House, Portsmouth, RI
  • Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
  • World Relief Fund, New York,
    New York

Corporate and Public Collections

  • Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Ledyard,CT
  • Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Connecticut College, New London, CT

Selected Exhibitions, Awards, and Events Prior to 2008


  • Save the Bay, Providence, RI Rhode Island Painters for Save the Bay Exhibition
  • Imagine Fine Art, Smithfield, RI ALRI Exhibition, Rhode Island Masters Past and Present
  • Attleboro Museum,
    Attleboro, MA
    Art League of Rhode Island's 5th Annual Member's Exhibition


  • Concord Art Association, Concord, NH
    Fifth Annual Francis N. Roddy Competition
  • Mystic Art Association,
    48th Regional Juried Exhibition 2004
  • New York Yacht Club and The Newport Art Museum
    "Art Unfurled" Fundraising Gala and Juried Auction,
    First Place-"Best in Fleet"
  • International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame, Kingston, RI
    ALRI Annual Members’ Exhibition


  • Newport Art Museum,
    Newport, RI
    15th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition,
    Honorable Mention – Painting
  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
    TRI, Three Artists Group Exhibition


  • Newport Art Museum,
    Newport, RI
    14th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, 2001
  • South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
    Open Juried Fall Show,
    First Place Award

    Open Juried Annual,
    Honorable Mention
    10 Artists Invitational Exhibition
    Members’ Annual Show
  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
    Members’ Annual Exhibition,
    First Place Award
    Abstract and Avante Garde Art


  • Newport Art Museum,
    Newport, RI
    13th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition
  • South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
    Honor The Past, Imagine The Future, First Place Award
    Romantic Visions
    Rhode Island Annual Juried Open Show
  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
    Abstract and Avante Garde Art,
    First Place Award


  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
    Abstract and Avante Garde Art, Second Place Award
    Art of The Ocean State
  • Warwick Museum of Art,
    Warwick, RI
    Rhode Island Open, Second Place

1998, 1995

  • AwardWarwick Museum of Art,
    Warwick, RI
    Rhode Island Open


  • Connecticut College, New London, CT Senior’s Art Exhibition, 1st Place Award