Artist Linda Phillips
Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation
Oceanside Public Library
330 N Coast Hwy
Featuring artist Linda Phillips
Saturday, February 12, 2022
3:00 -5:00 pm
I stand before each blank canvas with a sense of adventure and trepidation because I never know for sure what the end journey will look like. I create with a sense of mystery and risk, from a quiet place knowing I am painting in the presence of the greatest creator of all time. It’s not how much time a painting may take, it’s how I will use the combination of tools, creativity, and skill I have acquired over the years (to make it so).
Some paintings are very rhythmic because I have painted to music, while others are very focused and detailed. Being an artist is not just what goes onto the canvas; it is how I see the moments of each day. I never know what might grab me, or if the subject or concepts will work well on gold, copper, and silver leaf. I never planned to produce so many metallic leaf paintings, but the contrast of the paint with the shine kept drawing me in.
I don’t try to have a certain look throughout my artwork, but maybe it’s even in there, in the most diverse paintings. I do know that every day is a gift to observe from the heart and having the means and time to express it. So, for that, I am very thankful. This latest series was inspired after I visited a marionette puppet shop in Paris, following a two-week artist residency in the North of France.
I began my art career in the textile field after completing several design courses at UCLA. Designing has always been very natural to me. I love textures, prints, and using my imagination. I designed beach wear and home interiors. My clients included Roxy, OP, O Neil, Waverly, and many more. Additionally, my designs have been featured in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Over the years I began to study more drawing and painting. Eventually, I transitioned from gouache to oil, and gained an appreciation for the diversity of colors, and the way oils lay unto the canvas. Still never leaving design, I have found a way to incorporate my imagination into fine art paintings.
My mother Millie Greene is an incredible impressionist painter who studied with a Russian master Sergei Bongart. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful art, she has spurred me on, and challenged me at the same time.
My latest series is gold, copper, silver leaf, and oil. In this medium I continue to explore ethnic, figurative, and abstract paintings. I don’t paint only one way, it depends upon my subject, and allowing the unexpected to enter my creative process. My art is a way of life that encompasses the way I see the world, and my inspiration expresses itself onto the canvas.
SHOWS & AWARDS
2021 Artist Alliance, Oceanside Museum of Art
2021 Hi Ho Silver, Ashton Gallery, San Diego
2021 Contemporary Works Show, Studio Door, San Diego
2021 Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad
2020 Crow Show, Studio Door, San Diego
2019 In Gold We Trust, Ashton Gallery, San Diego
2019 Artist in Residence at Chateau d’ Orguevaux, Ardenne France
2019 Creative License, Sparks Gallery, Gas Lamp, San Diego 2019 San Diego Fair
2018 San Diego Fair, Abstract, first place
2018 50 Artist to Watch, Best of Show, Studio Door, San Diego
2018 Legends, Studio Door, San Diego
2018 Black Out, Ashton Gallery, San Diego
2017 Art Beat, Solo Show, San Diego
2017 San Diego Fair, Figurative 3rd place
2017 Artist Alliance Oceanside Museum of Art
2017 L Street Gallery, San Diego
2016 Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad