• Artwork by Sandra Phillips

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    I knew from a very early age that I was destine to work in either art or design. I remember when I was 10 years old making a swim suit for myself without pattern or instructions. It seemed natural and easy for me to take fabric and shape it into something beautiful. As a teen and a young adult I was certain I would work in the fashion industry. I have designed and constructed clothes for myself my whole life.


    My love of fabrics and fashion led me to the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science where I received an award of excellence for my designs at the Paley Design Center. Here I took my first formal classes in painting, drawing and design. It was then I realized that my true love was visual arts. The faculty at Textiles encouraged me to pursue formal training in the fine arts and enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


    Immediately upon starting at the Academy, my great love and artistic focus became and continues to be the human form. Figurative art is something that is etched on my sole...nothing is more exciting to me. I love painting faces or full figures of my friends, family and beautiful women in the fashion world. I work from photographic source material either taken by myself or from magazine fashion spreads. My portraits are stylized and idealized.


    I usually begin a painting by photographing my subjects in various settings, poses and lighting. I then move to studies on paper or more frequently of late to digital studies using a stylus and a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.

    More About Me

    I have been fortunate to be able to travel extensively and returned last year after living in London for two years.  While living in London I traveled widely in Europe with a focus on visiting museums and galleries.  In London I studied the work of the figurative artists Chantel Joffe, Jenny Seville, Elizabeth Peyton and Paula Rego.


    My paintings are included in private collections in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, San Diego, and Tampa.


    My studio is in Philadelphia.  I am married with three adult children and three grandchildren. My studio assistant is Spencer, my Parson Russell terrier who like me, loves to listen to jazz while I paint.