Hailing from the Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania, Rick Phillips now calls Claymont, Delaware his home. After graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and studying under renowned artists, Henry Koerner and Flavia Zortea, Rick excelled as an illustrator, working for more than 25 years with public relations firms and advertising agencies in the mid-Atlantic region. His accomplishments include commissioned works for Bank of America, Campbell Soup Company, Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals, as well as for private collections.
In the mid-nineties, Phillips changed his career path as an illustrator to that of a fine artist. Benefitting from the experienced gained as an illustrator in the fast-paced world of advertising, Phillips combined his ability to paint quick and bold with his interest and fascination with impressionist painters of the 19th-century. Rick uses his knowledge of light and color to create an atmosphere you can almost touch and smell. Painting en plein aire is almost a religious experience for Phillips. Using hard and soft edges selectively he develops the feeling of moisture, wind, and the warmth of the sun in his wonderful paintings. Phillips is also drawn to painting alla prima paintings of the human figure. He has studied at Studio Incammanati, Delaware College of Art and Design, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He is an active member of The Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2012 Rick founded the Darley Arts Center, a gallery for visual artists and a center for Art Education and workshops. Phillips's work is in many private collections, both locally and nationally. Rick is currently teaching at the Delaware College of Art and Design, The Darley Arts Center and Tyler Arboretum.
The artwork pictured here is a representation of this artist's work. We aim to display only pieces that are currently in the gallery, though some may have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a particular piece by this artist, please call the gallery at (302) 645-0551.