Jim Phillips


Jacksonville, NC


Greetings and welcome to my profile, my name is Jim Phillips. I am a formally trained artist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commercial Design and a minor in painting. Outside my normal college studies include a summer spent in Italy where I studied Italian and Italian Art History while taking a life study class as well. Even though my career was based in the graphic arts, the work represented here is photographed digital reproductions of my fine art paintings only, no graphic design or digital painting will be represented on this site.

The Impressionists forsook literary and anecdotal subjects and, indeed, rejected the role of imagination in the creation of works of art. Instead they observed nature closely, with a scientific interest in visual phenomena. Although they painted everyday subjects, they avoided the vulgar and ugly, seeking visual realism by extraordinary stylistic means. By this definition I consider myself as a contemporary artist painting in an Impressionistic Style. I was originally trained as an oil painter, however over the last several decades of my 45 year painting career, my focus has been on both an English style of watercolor and a more modern traditional use of acrylics on stretched canvas or canvas panel. One of my favorite Impressionist artist was Claude Monet and he best describes how I feel about trying to label my style of painting. He was quoted as saying, “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” Like Monet it is my desire that you not spend your time trying to label or define my work, but rather to simply enjoy it.

I currently teach acrylic painting classes through the Division of Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina Community College. you may check online at Coastal’s website, for class scheduling information. Each Spring I add a Plein Aire class for those local artist ready to carry their painting skills outdoors.

I belong and support two of my local Arts Councils in both Onslow and Carteret counties. I also enjoy painting with en plein aire group called OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) which is my local county's group, but also belong to the North Carolina Plein Aire Painters as well. You may visit OOPS at their blog at or the state's site at

I have presented on this site a full range of ways to purchase printed versions of my artwork, however I do sell original artwork and accept commission work as well. You may contact me through the email service on this site.


The Plein Air Artist by Jim Phillips


View from Phillips' Park by Jim Phillips


Jacksonville NC Waterfront by Jim Phillips


Tobacco Barn on Deppe Loop Rd by Jim Phillips


View from Sturgeon City Park by Jim Phillips


History Still Stands by Jim Phillips


Blue Creek Fish Camp by Jim Phillips


The End of Willingham Park by Jim Phillips


Waiting on the Tide by Jim Phillips


The Way to New River by Jim Phillips


Spring Palette by Jim Phillips


Play Among the Cottonwoods by Jim Phillips


Facing North Up the Waterway Near Swansboro NC by Jim Phillips


Special Parking Spot by Jim Phillips


Bouge Sound at Night by Jim Phillips


Black Mountain NC by Jim Phillips


Somewhere in Savannah by Jim Phillips


Ice on the Rocks by Jim Phillips


Shoreline Taxi by Jim Phillips


High on That Mountain by Jim Phillips


Field of Colors by Jim Phillips


Winter Sunset by Jim Phillips


Early Morning by Jim Phillips


Color in the Wetlands by Jim Phillips


Winter's Red by Jim Phillips


Maysville Cotton Field by Jim Phillips


The Sleigh Barn by Jim Phillips


Better Beat the Storm by Jim Phillips


Palo Alto in the Fall by Jim Phillips


Between the Yards by Jim Phillips


Golden Fields by Jim Phillips


Southern France by Jim Phillips


Still Life 14 by Jim Phillips


Waterfront at Southport by Jim Phillips


Like to Fly My Flag by Jim Phillips


Autumn Reflection by Jim Phillips


Just Around the Corner by Jim Phillips


Not Quite Ready by Jim Phillips


My Yacht Club by Jim Phillips


Fly By at Roanoke River Light by Jim Phillips


A Different View of Ocracoke by Jim Phillips


The Red Marina by Jim Phillips


Parked by Ocracoke by Jim Phillips


Windy Palm by Jim Phillips


Right Size for the River by Jim Phillips


Old Home Place by Jim Phillips


View of the Bypass from Sturgeon City Park by Jim Phillips


Trip to Wyoming by Jim Phillips