Liz Phillips

Most artists find it difficult to sum up in a few words what it is that makes them tick. I am no exception. I’ve always been able to lose myself in my natural surroundings, absorbing the intricacies of natural objects, being awestruck by flowers or skies, being moved by the details or mood of a setting, or mesmerized by the movement of water. These are the things that sustain me on a daily basis.

Whether my subject is an expansive landscape or an extreme close-up, it is frequently the color that draws me in. But the quality of the light and shadows, the patterns and details all work together to tell a story and capture a fleeting moment. Working from my own photos and scribbled or mental notes, images take shape with the aid of my computer, color pencils and my imagination. Once I’ve worked out the idea on paper I lay down what I call “the bones” of the image on canvas and gradually add details until it feels complete. I love the richness of color that oils provide and the flexibility of blending slowdrying paint directly on the surface.

The more I paint, the more I need to paint. It’s how I communicate best. My camera is always close by, and may be my starting point, but I’m constantly trying to get more of myself into my work. Painting is an extremely personal act… in creating a work on canvas I am inviting the viewer in to my thought process, what moves me and why. Sometimes it’s the act of recreating that moment with paint that answers the question of why it spoke to me in the first place.

My artwork is my means of escaping the “noise” of modern life and a way for me to celebrate and honor the vanishing wonders around me. There are usually no hidden meanings or deep, philosophical stories to extract from my work. It is instead detailed depictions of uncomplicated moments in time. By sharing my vision I hope to encourage viewers to take the time to foster that invaluable connection in their own lives.