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…