Artist Phyllis Shipley

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The Artist Says:

                                                         ARTIST’S STATEMENT______________________
                                                                                   By Phyllis Shipley______________                           
What is life?  Why do we love?  Where is our “gold ring”?  How are we developing our destiny?
You ask “why these questions in an artist’s statement”.  My answer, “why do you create or are moved by a particular painting, song or message”.  What or who is charting our course?    My paintings begin with pouring, glazing or washes of color.  As I manipulate the paint, an image begins to develop.  I strive to “get out of the way and let spirit take control” (a quote given to me many years ago when I was frustrated with details).  My painting time gives me part of the answers to the questions noted.  I strive to provide a source of visual pleasure by using color to exert energy, life and excitement in my painting endeavors.  When I can feel the 3 S’s (Senses, Suggestion, Symbols) that I strive for in my paintings, I feel development and growth as an artist and as a creative being in this lifetime.  “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed”.  My hope is to create art that is full of color, chaotic and full of energy to bring joy, jest for life, thought, and excitement without constraint to all who wish to view my work.


Phyllis Shipley has been producing fine art paintings for the past thirty (30) years and has been a successful gallery owner, a successful art show participant and award winner, and a continual student in the details of watercolor and acrylics.  Phyllis Shipley began painting in the early 1980's. Always loving the arts, following years of playing and teaching music with the organ and piano, raising children, and a successful career as a purchasing executive with a major chemical corporation, the time was right to pursue her new found passion of painting.
Artist Shipley, a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, opened her first gallery in 1984 in a gift shop in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she painted a large 12’x28’ mural in the Tea Room.  Later, becoming a full time artist, she opened her gallery in October of 1992 in Johnson City.  Nestled amongst some major chain stores the simple white building with the maroon awning was often described as a "hidden jewel" by customers.  Stepping inside, the gallery showed the artist’s vivid imagination in using the vivacious colors of her palette. Her inclusion of nationally known bronze and glass sculptures, jewelry, carvings and raku pottery artists completed the essence of her gallery vision.
Shipley often describes her childhood as the house being full of music and the garden full of flowers. Her mother, grandmother and aunts all had large flower gardens. This instilled in her a feeling of love of color and rhythm. “Flowers are a symbol of strength as well as delicacy and beauty. The rains come, beat them down but then the sun shines and they perk back up again, showing their strength”. Phyllis applies her
"Inner Vision" to create juicy and loose paintings with a musical fluidity of expressions. Her “inner vision” subjects may be referred to as “figurative abstracts”. She [...]

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