Phyllis Chillingworth paints from both observation and memory. Her subject is derived from her personal point of view, her individuality of expression and from symbolism found in nature. Content is more important to her than ‘subject matter’ and it includes all of the feelings and ideas she brings to her paintings. Chillingworth reveals:
“Writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Rainer Maria Rilke have inspired me to search for my own fresh experience and with authenticity to paint what resonates within me. The rhythm, power and transitory aspect of nature is transformative. When in the process of painting the world expands; new possibilities spring forward; a new translation is ignited. I would like viewers to connect with the energy in my paintings and to discover new perceptions for themselves.”
Phyllis Chillingworth lives in New York City and Montauk, N.Y.
She graduated from The Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, B.S. and from The School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, B.F.A., M.F.A. She paints in oil and watercolor.