Spectrum Gallery Featured Artist: Phil Meade "An Artist's View"

July 08, 2015

Phil Meade knew he was destined to be an oil painter as a teenager. He walked into an art supply store, saw the original pieces on display and was hooked. He credits a high school art teacher for allowing him to indulge his passion by taking art for three years. This same teacher encouraged him to apply to art school in New Jersey which prepared him for a career in commercial art. He has never stopped painting. After retiring from a career in graphic arts, Phil is now able to concentrate on painting full time.

The coast fascinates Phil. He tries to capture the feeling of that first glimpse of the ocean as you approach the dune after driving many miles. He carries you through the beach access, with dune fences and the many textures and colors of the vegetation, to convey these feelings of excitement. The hardest thing he has to do as an artist is to face a blank canvas. Once he starts to cover the canvas with color, he feels exhilarated and the paint starts to flow.

Primarily a plein air painter, Phil often paints on-site and he can be found around the beach communities and marshes looking for the perfect light.  He also paints in his studio referring to photographs that he takes while on location.  Over the years his search for the perfect image has led to a few interesting encounters, including being questioned by the Coast Guard after 9/11 while taking pictures of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge, as well as being mooned by sailors who were not happy about being photographed.

As July’s featured artist in residence at Spectrum Gallery, Phil will do an oil painting demonstration on July 16th and 23rd (Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please join us!

 

 

 




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