Phyllis Andrews







Phyllis Andrews

Phyllis Andrews

Durham, NC


I started painting when I turned 40. It seemed like a good time to embark on a new venture and I had always wanted to paint. In my jobs as a biochemist and then a homemaker I hadn't made much time for artistic interests, so painting was a completely new and very different challenge. My husband gave me an easel, canvases and paints for the big birthday, and I got started.
Sources of inspiration have always included a family farm in western NC and country scenes I see on the back roads and trails of my bicycle trips. Over time I have also developed an interest in telling stories with paintings. In these illustrations I can create an alternate world whose characters can be my companions or my alter ego. In one of my fantasy worlds I have befriended a snowman, and in another two red bicycles have become animated and are traveling the world with their adventures and mishaps chronicled in paintings. Whether my images are of real places that I have observed or imaginary scenes and characters, they take me to places that I love. I hope that my work may also transport your soul to a place of beauty and fun and peace. This is part of what keeps the work challenging and interesting and makes me want to continue.
While that challenge plays the biggest role in making my work interesting and satisfying, it is also gratifying to have some tangible success. I have been exhibited in many juried shows and received special recognition a number of times, including being a finalist twice in The Artist's Magazine Annual competition, an international competition. My work is in several galleries in North Carolina: Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery in Blowing Rock; Bull City Art and Frame Company in Durham; and The Artestry Hideaway, in Beaufort. You are cordially invited to visit my world of paintings in these galleries, as well as in my website.

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Glacier National Park I by Phyllis Andrews


Glacier National Park II by Phyllis Andrews


What They Do While We're at Work by Phyllis Andrews


Crossing the Sound by Phyllis Andrews


Kiawah Sunset by Phyllis Andrews


Sunset Silhouette by Phyllis Andrews


Breathtaking Tuscany by Phyllis Andrews


Winter Comforts by Phyllis Andrews


Fitting in at Fearrington by Phyllis Andrews


Morning View by Phyllis Andrews


A Brief Affair by Phyllis Andrews


What They Do While We're at Work II by Phyllis Andrews


Drought Busters by Phyllis Andrews


West Virginia Byway by Phyllis Andrews


Team Effort by Phyllis Andrews


Glacier Park Captain by Phyllis Andrews


Night Owl by Phyllis Andrews


Great Minds Think Alike by Phyllis Andrews