A native of Rochester, NY, Phyllis graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree having majored in Art Education. She currently lives in Salisbury, North Carolina, but has lived in many areas of the country. A retired swimming coach, she has dedicated herself to painting for the last eighteen years.
Oils have always been her passion, though she also paints with watercolors and pastels. She and her husband share a common interest in the outdoors making landscape painting a natural activity. Travels near and far always include the fly fishing gear and plein air supplies.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Visual Arts Exchange of Raleigh, the Waterworks Visual Art Center where she is a painting instructor, and is a founding member of Plein Air Carolina.
She has studied with Charles Sovek, Camille Przewodek, Ann Templeton, Bob Rohm, Kim English, Louis Escobedo, Ken Auster and Morgan Samuel Price. Her paintings can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
"A born optimist, my oil paintings are naturally colorful. I use expressive brush strokes to liberally interpret landscapes and architecture. Colors breathe beauty and happiness to the often overlooked sights around me. I portray a glance at our world, a "snippet ", fresh and unlabored, a scene that is fleeting, familiar and memorable."