“Lunar Lights,” by Jonathan McPhillips.

Jonathan McPhillips returns to Camden Falls Gallery for the second early August show titled “Painting the Coast of Maine.” The show will run Aug. 6 to 18 and will feature works that McPhillips has created from numerous work-study and plein-air sketches and photographs he has collected over the years in the Camden-Rockport area.

McPhillips describes his work as contemporary impressionism. He is known for his impressionistic radiance in daybreak and dusk paintings and his ability to capture the shimmering glow of flickering lights in his nocturnal scenes.

“Jon’s ability to capture the light, air, and distinct atmosphere in his landscape and marine paintings is unique,” says gallery owner Howard Gallagher.  

“Chasing the available light and air is what drives me to paint,” McPhillips says. “I hope to achieve atmospheric effects with an impressionistic style tempered by a touch of realism and draftsmanship.”

During the Camden Fall Gallery’s 2019 Camden Classics Cup on Canvas show, McPhillips was filmed by Camden‘s Stanley Grunder for a short video titled “Jonathan McPhillips Painting the Coast of Maine.”

McPhillips hails from Rhode Island and is equally accomplished in studio design work, as well as working en plein air, focusing on coastal New England. He has placed and received top honors and awards in some of the nation’s most prestigious plein-air competitions and art shows. His works are in many corporate and public collections across the U.S. and showing around the world in the U.S. Department of State “Art in the Embassies” program.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 207-470-7027, email [email protected], or go to www.camdenfallsgallery.com for more information.

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