Artist Phyllis McAdams

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While I enjoy the challenge of portrait and figurative painting, the main portion of my work involves the still life and different ways of presenting it.   In this genre I  work mostly in oils  from direct observation of the subject  and enjoy the challenges that contemporary realism and the trompe l’oeil ( to fool the eye) technique presents.    My subjects are the ordinary objects I find around the house or discarded in garage sales and thrift shops.  Some of my favorites include old clocks, shoes, hats, fishing lures, rusty old tools and numerous other everyday items.  These are some of the simple things we tend to take for granted  yet can identify with and make personal connections to when they become the focal point of a painting.  I want to convince the viewer there is beauty and interest, not only in the obvious but also in the unexpected and not-so-obvious and that even the most mundane object can be, in itself, a remarkable work of art.
Phyllis McAdams was born and raised in England and  immigrated to the United States.  She began her formal art education in  California earning an A.A 'With Honors' in Studio Art from Cabrillo College in Aptos and a B.F.A  'With Great Distinction' in Painting and Drawing from San Jose State University.  After exhibiting for a number of years in the Monterey Bay area, Phyllis and her family relocated to South East Georgia.  She spent the next sixteen years painting, teaching and exhibiting in galleries on the East coast.  Eventually she returned to California and [...]

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