Digitally altered photography
Native New Yorker and Parsons graduate, Phyllis worked as an advertising art director and then ran her own award winning design studio for many years. But her interest in the fine arts was revitalized accidently when cell phones got their first cameras. Bored on a long drive in the rain she started shooting out the window on an abstract setting and later uploaded the images. The low resolution made interesting patterns and she started enhancing them in Photoshop. This evolved and the cameras improved. She now shoots with her Canon or her IPhone - depending on whether its planned or spur of the moment. In addition to Photoshop she also works with dozens of Ipad apps to alter, morph, and create something quite apart from the original shot. Color, light and texture are a theme that one can see through her work. Her philosophy is to create something out of nothing, and therefore she often will shoot some part of something others would never notice. An artist sees things others cannot and it is their job to bring that to the world's attention in the same way they see it. It has only been the past two years that she has been actively promoting her work and exhibiting but since then has gotten a lot of attention and interest in her work.
Phyllis has won over ten awards in the past 2 years, including a first place in PhotoArt in the 2017 prestigious St Catherines of Bologna 18th Annual Art Show and First Place in Digital in the NJ State Senior Art Show. In addition, her work has been accepted in at least 15 juried shows including the San Diego Art Museum Artist Guild Online Show. But her acceptance into the oldest women’s art group National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is the accomplishment of which she is most proud.
Phyllis also works on commission, taking client's vacation and event photos and creating works of art for their homes. There's something very special about giving someone an aesthetic memory of a great time in their life that they can keep on enjoying forever. On that same note, she creates house portraits sometimes commissioned as gifts from Real Estate Agents to clients in their new home or to remember the home they just sold. Her portraits of Restaurant L in Allendale NJ are hanging in the Restaurant and she also has art in a restaurant in New York City. But she still spends plenty of time working on improving her skills with the tools she uses and many of her favorite pieces a come out of her studies. Her work is printed in her home using fine art archival materials.
This year she has started teaching IPhone Photography and Editing at Holy Name Hospital as part of the Cancer Support Community, a national support group, and the Cancer Support Services of Valley Hospital.