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.


History Still Stands by Jim Phillips


Single Sailboat by Jim Phillips


The Blue Shed by Jim Phillips


Autumn Sketch by Jim Phillips


Apple and Wine by Jim Phillips


Across the Bay by Jim Phillips


River Marina by Jim Phillips


Lighthouse in Brest, France by Jim Phillips


New River Boathouse by Jim Phillips


River Light by Jim Phillips


The Field's Farm by Jim Phillips


Setting on the Pines by Jim Phillips


The Sheep Farm by Jim Phillips


At the Rock Quarry by Jim Phillips


Anchor and Globe by Jim Phillips


North Topsail Island by Jim Phillips


The House Barn by Jim Phillips


The Pack Houses by Jim Phillips


Tribute to First Black Marines 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


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


One Lane Bridge by Jim Phillips


Looking Back at the Vietnam Memorial by Jim Phillips


The Caboose by Jim Phillips


Snowy Creek by Jim Phillips


Palto Alto Plantation up close by Jim Phillips


late in the Day on Blue Creek by Jim Phillips


It's Going to Pole and Turtle by Jim Phillips


Looking into Brenn Marr by Jim Phillips


Across From Mama's by Jim Phillips


Local Parking by Jim Phillips


The End of Willingham Park by Jim Phillips


Waiting on the Tide by Jim Phillips


The Way to New River by Jim Phillips


Spring Palette by Jim Phillips


Play Among the Cottonwoods by Jim Phillips


Facing North Up the Waterway Near Swansboro NC by Jim Phillips


Special Parking Spot by Jim Phillips


Bouge Sound at Night by Jim Phillips


Black Mountain NC by Jim Phillips