Artist's Statement

 

"I seek the sublime through nature. I seek beauty, the universal, and a sense of place. I constantly search the Maine countryside to find images. The effect I seek is fleeting. I am interested in the primordial so I look for abandoned fields, nature preserves, and the edges of civilization. The images are slices of nature where color, form, and light combine to create a unique visual sensation."  - Phil Stevens

Biography

 

"I grew up a city boy in Michigan.  Long hikes with other Boy Scouts provided a passage into nature from the asphalt and concrete.  My mother, some how, found time to make art and send us off to art classes and museums.  In college my studies included economics and accounting.  Drafted into the army I was fortunate to be sent to Germany where I was able to reconnect with the art world by visiting museums.  After graduation I moved to Maine  where work was found in the lumber and then the food business.  Much of my free time was spent climbing mountains and walking in the woods.  After starting to make drawings of nature I decided to enroll at the Maine College of Art to pursue a BFA in painting and printmaking.  I continue to work at the College, create art, visit museums, and have joined Peregrine Press to make monotypes.

 

Being in nature is transformative for me and my intention is to capture that experience in my art work.  One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from a viewer from the West Coast who said that my prints showed them the beauty to be found in the Maine landscape.  My approach to making art is to explore traditional solutions dealing with color and composition." - Phil Stevens

Collections

 

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME

University of New England, Biddeford, ME

New York Public Library Print Collection, New York, NY

Colby College, Waterville, ME