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.


Autumn in the Rock Quarry by Jim Phillips


Looking through the Gate by Jim Phillips


The Wicker Wine Bottle by Jim Phillips


The Hidden Villa by Jim Phillips


Jacksonville Commons by Jim Phillips


Round the Mountain by Jim Phillips


Poppies at Cedar Point by Jim Phillips


Union Chapel Church by Jim Phillips


Octagon House by Jim Phillips


The Field's Farm by Jim Phillips


Setting on the Pines by Jim Phillips


The Sheep Farm by Jim Phillips


Anchor and Globe # 2 by Jim Phillips


At the Rock Quarry by Jim Phillips


Anchor and Globe by Jim Phillips


Creek Bend by Jim Phillips


Cottage by the Lake by Jim Phillips


My Secret Boat Ramp by Jim Phillips


View from the Bridge by Jim Phillips


View from Sturgeon City Park by Jim Phillips


Looks Like Rain by Jim Phillips


Country Lane by Jim Phillips


Bright Willows on the River by Jim Phillips


Looking SW on Emerald Isle by Jim Phillips


Willingham Park by Jim Phillips


North Topsail Island by Jim Phillips


JD's Backker Barn by Jim Phillips


Across the White Oak by Jim Phillips


The House Barn by Jim Phillips


Back in the Neighborhood by Jim Phillips


Old Red Stone Bridge by Jim Phillips


Mississippi Mix by Jim Phillips


Used to Be by Jim Phillips


The Pack Houses by Jim Phillips


Tribute to First Black Marines by Jim Phillips


North Topsail Beach by Jim Phillips


Neighbor's Boat Dock by Jim Phillips


Old Tractor Shed by Jim Phillips


New River Morning Mist by Jim Phillips


House on the River by Jim Phillips


Bench at Waterfront Park by Jim Phillips


North Topsail Beach by Jim Phillips


Back Porch Garden 1 by Jim Phillips


Downtown Parking by Jim Phillips


Onslow New Courthouse by Jim Phillips


Country Snow by Jim Phillips


The Old Warehouse by Jim Phillips


On the Road Again by Jim Phillips