Phyllis Eaton Steimel
Salisbury, NC 28144
- Born and raised, Rochester, New York
- Graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
- She has dedicated herself to painting since her retirement in 1991 as Founder and Head Coach, Rowan Aquatic Club, YMCA
- In 1995 she was the recipient of a NC Arts Council Project Grant
- Studied with distinguished “Plein Air” painters such as Charles Sovek, Morgan Samuel Price, Ken Auster, Kim English, Ann Templeton, Camille Pryzwodek, and John Ebersberger and Albert Handell.
- Served on the Board of the Waterwork’s Visual Arts Center for 15 years, is a Board Member Emeritus and is on the staff as a Painting Instructor.
- Has had numerous solo and group shows.
- Has won several awards, including third place in the DAR National “Cultural
Heritage” painting competition.
- Her paintings are found in several regional collections, for example the Rowan Regional Medical Center (Novant), Rowan Hospice Care and the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and numerous private collections.
- Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
- American Impressionist Society, Associate Member
- Waterworks Visual Art Center
- Plein Air Carolina, Co-Founder
Time at my easel is equally shared on location, en plein air, and in the studio. The outdoor experience gives me greater insight to color, relative values and mood. Landscapes that are bathed in light and shadow, cityscapes that are cloaked in color, subjects that challenge the eye and draw me to understand: these are my stimuli. I normally work on smaller canvas when painting on location. They enable me to grasp the mood of the moment, to capture the light before it changes. The studio enables me to expand upon, study and analyze in a more stable environment.
I am known for “attacking” a canvas, using spontaneous, energized, expressive brushstrokes. Using color and values to capture the viewer’s eye, I accentuate a focal point and leave much to the viewer’s imagination. I finish the painting with studied analysis, enhancing where indicated. Inventiveness, imagination and creativity overcome the routine, and leave the predictable behind.
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