This Month’s Featured Artist

Phil Bean
Artist Statement

I have always enjoyed the great outdoors with its variety of light, color and seasonal changes. I feel a need to paint the landscape when it undergoes dramatic changes at certain times of the day. It’s interesting to see how light with its elusive and fleeting qualities can change the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene. In my paintings I hope to share that experience into a visual form to share with the viewer.

Originally from New England, Phil grew up in California where he began his first painting experience with oils after being inspired by the works of other painters. He then continued to study and develop painting techniques until an opportunity to move his family to Alaska brought about more artistic challenges. From an artist’s perspective, he acquired a deep appreciation for the wilderness and scenic wonders of that landscape. While in Alaska he studied watercolor painting and continued to work in both oils and watercolors before moving back to the New England of his youth. Other sources of inspiration have come from travels throughout the US and Ireland.
Primarily self-taught, he works both in the studio and outdoors en plein air where he draws on his inspiration from the effects of light and shadow on the natural landscape. When painting in oils his works are developed using a combination of brush and painting knife techniques. For watercolors he employs various methods including wet-in-wet, color mixing on the painting surface and drybrush. His paintings of New England reflect the unique qualities of that landscape and its classic architecture. Having lived and traveled in the west has been the source of inspiration for his western landscapes. His oils and watercolors have been included in both national and regional exhibitions and hang in many private collections.


New England Watercolor Society (signature)
Alaska Watercolor Society (signature)
Oil Painters of America (associate)
American Impressionist Society (associate)
New Hampshire Art Association (juried)




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