Jonathan McPhillips graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment—a celebration of coastal New England.

Recent accomplishments include multiple awards in juried shows at the Salmagundi Club, NY, NY and the achievement of signature status in The American Impressionists Society. Jonathan 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.

Artist’s Statement

"Each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together; a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our surroundings. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has captivated a friend or a stranger. We see many things everyday with heightened digital clarity, yet original artwork always conveys a sense of mystery and magic for all. I see painting as an unspoken and unwritten way to connect our hearts and minds through depictions of shared experience." Jonathan McPhillips


Recent Awards and Accomplishments
2018 Silvio Valerio SCNY Award, Fall Auctions, Salmagundi Club, NY
2018 "Rosemary & Co. Brushes Award", Sylvia Maria Glesman Floral Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY
2018 134th Annual Members Exhibition, Gene Magazine Award for a Traditional Oil, Salmagundi Club, NY
2018 American Impressionist Society Signature Member
2017 American Impressionist Society 18th National Juried Exhibition, Park City, UT
2017 Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT
2017 Modern Marine Masters Exhibition, Mystic, CT
2017 One Man Show, Addison Art Gallery, Cape Cod, MA
2017 Laguna Plein Air Painters "August Nights" Juried Exhibition
2017 Laguna Plein Air Painters " Best of Plein Air" Juried Exhibition
2017  Art League of Rhode Island "Boats, Surf, Beaches" Juried Exhibition with Award of Merit, Providence, RI
2017 "All Hands on Deck" Group Invitational Exhibition, Newport, RI
2015 The Museum Purchase Award, The maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, International Exhibition
2015 "Best Sense of Mystery" Award, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
2015 The Boldbrush Award, Fine Art Studios Online competition, September,

Jonathan received acceptance into The American Impressionist Society National shows in 2013, 2014 and 2017, which garnered him Signature Member Status. Jonathan is also honored to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program, which expanded his work to an international audience in several U.S. embassies around the globe.


1989 - 1993 Connecticut College New London, Connecticut
BFA Cum Laude with Distinction in Studio Art

Teaching and Demonstration Affiliations
Hilton Head Art League Academy, Hilton Head, SC (workshop 2018)
Palmetto Bluff/Montage Resorts, Bluffton, SC (workshop, 2017)
The Ocean House, Westerly, RI (artist in residence)
Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA (workshops)
Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA (workshops)
Falmouth Artist Guild, Falmouth, MA (workshops)
The Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT (workshops)
West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT (workshops)
The Wianno Club, Osterville, MA (private workshops)
The Coleman Center for Creative Studies, Newport, RI (course instruction)
The Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT (demonstrations)
Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA (demonstrations)
Franklin Art Association, Franklin, MA (demonstrations)
The Plum Beach Club, Saunderstown, RI (private demonstrations)

Other Awards and Exhibitions
2014 American Impressionists Society 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO
2014 Greenhouse Gallery Salon, San Antonio, TX
2014-2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
2013 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Juried Exhibition, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 American Impressionists Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Charlestown, SC
2013 Masters in Miniature Invitational, Trailside Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
2012 The Noble Nocturne, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY First Place Award
2011-2013 American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition
2011 Elected Artist Member: Salmagundi Club NY, 2011
2011 Carmel Art Festival, Carmel California
2010-2018 The Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
2010 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional juried Exhibition Walls Fine Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC
2008 Little Compton, RI, Juried exhibition Honorable Mention
2005 Green River Gallery, Bristol RI, Award of Merit
2005 Blackstone River Gallery, Woonsocket, RI Honorable mention
2004 New York Yacht Club and The Newport Art Museum First Place "Best in Fleet"
2002 Newport Art Museum, Newport,RI, Honorable Mention Painting
2001 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, First Place Award
2001 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, Honorable Mention
2001 Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI, First Place Award
2000 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, First Place Award
1999 Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI, Second Place Award
1999 Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI, Second Place Award



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