Ray Phillips's Nature's Artistry: A Detailed View encompasses a selection of his exceptionally skillful paintings that blend his specialized techniques in watercolour and airbrush. It was during his career as a commercial artist that he honed his skills in these two mediums. Using a combination of both, he strives to do justice to the grandeur and beauty of nature in all its forms.
Each of Ray’s paintings represents many hours of work involving equal parts of technical skill and inspiration. The inspiration comes from nature; he admires the qualities of light, shadow, translucence, and reflection that are present in water, earth, and sky. He loves capturing the detail in objects—that unique beauty that is often overlooked. According to Ray the excitement of painting begins with the selection of a subject, followed by the challenge of achieving good design. Most importantly he receives tremendous satisfaction from transforming a blank piece of paper into an image that brings enjoyment to others.
Ray Phillips was born in Winnipeg in 1941 and grew up in an environment that encouraged artistic expression. His grandfather, famed Canadian watercolourist Walter J. Phillips, and his father, John Phillips, creative director of Phillips-Gutkin and Associates, were highly influential in his pursuit of an art career. Ray received his formal art education at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Art. Upon graduating in 1962, he started a successful career as a commercial artist. Today, Ray devotes his full energies to pursuing his creative vision.
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