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Natural Element of Light, Color and Nature…

“A Cool Morning Mist” by Phil Bean, Oil on Canvas

October, 2017

The Friends of the Amherst Town Library is honored to exhibit Phil Bean, an associate member of the Oil Painters of  America, as part of the 2017 Professional Artists Exhibit series.  Natural Elements of Light, Color & Nature exhibit will be on display October 2 - 31 at the Amherst Town Library.  Through his oil paintings, Phil recreates his vibrant visual experience to share with the viewer.  "I feel compelled to paint when I see the landscape undergoing very dramatic changes at certain times of the day. Light with its elusive and fleeting qualities can have a pronounced effect on the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene.”

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. Primarily self-taught, Phil continued to study and develop his techniques until an opportunity to move 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 rugged landscape before moving back to the New England of his youth.  Working both in the studio and outdoors en plein air, he draws on his inspiration from the effects of light and shadow on the natural landscape using a combination of brush and painting knife techniques to create his oils paintings.

On Sunday, October 15 the public is invited to the Artist’s Reception from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Town Library located at 14 Main Street in Amherst.  If you have any questions please contact Christine Farris.