Phyllis studied art at Goldsmiths’ College and St Martins School of Art, and taught at Kingston School of Art before moving to Dorset. Since then she has built a reputation as an important Dorset artist, represented in private and public collections, as well exhibiting widely in galleries in England and abroad.
Sometimes working in watercolour, charcoal, or making prints, Phyllis’ preferred medium is oil on canvas. Most of her work is figurative: portraits, still lifes and of course landscapes.
Phyllis is a vibrant colourist, with a fluent handling of her material somewhat reminiscent of Kokoschka, though she would probably say that she owes more to Matisse.
Painting often develops in a way I had not intended – in a good way if I am lucky! I have leaned to allow the unexpected to happen and not to try to control the way things go. I have to love what I am painting – it’s all about emotion … the challenge is to find a way of making marks that convey the sensation, the feeling, the essence that inspires me…
Take a look at my Ipad gallery here
PREPARATION FOR MY SHOW IN BELGRAVIA - OCTOBER 2017... there will be portraits as well as landscapes etc..... I am still searching for a suitable title.... as catchy and apt as Difficult Women is .... reluctantly I think it will have to go! Currently wondering about...read more
Gillian Cross #Difficult Woman 2 author of The Demon Headmaster.....among several other books.... There seems to be an inexhaustible supply ( of #difficult women!) fortunately! .... I will tell you some of them ..... but later ( that's a cliff hanger!!) The...read more
I know the thing I seem to say most often about the 'Business of Painting' is ….. it is a mystery.... Today, whilst painting Erica, I knew I didn’t know ‘how the hell I would do it’ or … ’what the hell I was doing’! Maybe that feeling was less frightening than...read more
I meant to post this before now … but you know how life is… ‘way leads on to way’ and one does not come back to this place, as one had intended…Another poem you ask? Yes - it just came to me - 'The Road Less Travelled’ by Robert Frost. I shall add it to the end of...read more