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Phyllis Proctor

Phyllis Proctor

Artist Work

Cyclamen
2014
pastel
8 X 10
Blackened Turquoise Petals
2015
pastel
14 X 11
Homebound
2015
charcoal
14 X 11
Venice
2015
Pastel
11 X 14
Maryland Flag
2015
Pastel
11 X 14
Sunburst
2014
pastel
14 X 11

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Phone
410-841-8577
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I was born in Washington DC and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I have no formal training, my talent is purely God given. I began drawing at an early age and loved the way Art took me into a dream world. I knew that both my parents loved and supported me. However, we lived in a rough neighborhood and this was a way to escape. I’m an artist because I couldn’t live without it, like living without air. It lifts me up and inspires me. I love all the arts and that’s what my mom inspired in my family. Even though we were poor she always managed to find a free play or a museum to take us to see. When I start a piece I try to get quiet and just let the inspirations flow. Once, I’m in that mode, ideas just keep arising. I love working with pastels, because I’m reminded of tranquility. I know a piece is done when I’ve put everything I possibly can into the art. After I finish a piece sometimes I can’t believe what I just created, it’s like God was guiding my hands. I can draw for hours, I literally have to stop myself and get something to eat. When people see my work I want them to smile and be joyful. Some people have different ideas of what art should be, but I feel it is the eye of the beholder. When I sit down in my living room I want to see an art piece that makes me feel good. I don’t want to have to figure something out or make a political statement. I want simple serenity and beauty. There is enough to think about when we watch the news or just driving in DC traffic. I simply want peace when I’m at home. I try to challenge myself with every new piece. I want to do something I’ve never done before. For example, I love flowers, but maybe I’ll try an abstract with colors I wouldn’t normally use. I believe you can have your brand, but still push yourself within that style. I absolutely am inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. Her work was so calming, smooth and brilliant. Another artist I love, but doesn’t get his credit is Thomas Kincaid. He doesn’t feel the need to make a political statement, his work is simply beautiful. I enjoy other artists that make radical statements, however I have to stay true to my work. As long as my work comes from the heart and I know that I gave it my all. Then I can stand behind my work and be proud.

Artist Bio

Art Shows:
Rockville Art League, Glenview Mansion 05/03/2015-05/31/2015
Sugarloaf Arts Festival 04/17/2015-04/19/2015
Atwater's Restaurant 03/02/2015-03/30/2015
Barnes & Noble 2004
Columbia Art League 2003