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.


Sit'n in the Surf by Jim Phillips


The Catfish Pond by Jim Phillips


Heart and Soul by Jim Phillips


Portland On The Rocks by Jim Phillips


He's Kinda Different by Jim Phillips


The Butter Bean Patch by Jim Phillips


My Feet Are Too Short by Jim Phillips


People Love To Gather by Jim Phillips


Cape Lookout NC by Jim Phillips


Look Out I'm Going to Land by Jim Phillips


Morning View in South Port Looking at Oak Island by Jim Phillips


Unchanged by Jim Phillips


Pelleteir House 1850 by Jim Phillips


Two Pots by Jim Phillips


Crepe Myrtle in the Wetlands by Jim Phillips


A Sleepy Afternoon by Jim Phillips


Carolina Foothills by Jim Phillips


The Sun Slid Down the Ridge by Jim Phillips


Nature's Trumpets by Jim Phillips


The Scenic Route by Jim Phillips


Creek's Running High by Jim Phillips


Sarah's Eyes by Jim Phillips


Bird Rock by Jim Phillips


The Swallow End by Jim Phillips


Last of the Carolina Swing Bridges by Jim Phillips


Lady Loves To Fish by Jim Phillips


Palo Alto Plantation by Jim Phillips


Howdy Partner by Jim Phillips


City Hall and Fountain by Jim Phillips


I've Got My Eye On You by Jim Phillips


Way Down the Beach by Jim Phillips


Just Tulips by Jim Phillips


Pair of Browns by Jim Phillips


Behind River View Restaurant by Jim Phillips


Autumn Fields by Jim Phillips


Portland Head Light by Jim Phillips


Living at the Mouth of the White Oak River by Jim Phillips


Waiting on the Tide by Jim Phillips


Swansboro Shrimp Boats by Jim Phillips


Wild Flowers on the Cape Fear by Jim Phillips


I'm Gonna Miss Ya by Jim Phillips


Small Bowl of Fruit by Jim Phillips


Zuheros' Fountain by Jim Phillips


A Good Play in the Surf Day by Jim Phillips


South of Scranton by Jim Phillips


Just Walking By by Jim Phillips


Beach Baby by Jim Phillips


Under the Bridge by Jim Phillips