"Bits and Pieces"
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My obsession with horses began at birth. I’ve been drawing them ever since I learned to hold a pencil. While my full time career was as a television news editor, I began studying art in 1989 with Robert Vaughn and Philomene Bennett, learning different ways to create my horses in many other styles and mediums. In 2013, after 45 years in TV news, I retired and traded video editing for painting full time.
Horses evolved from wild and free spirited ancestors and I find it difficult to capture all that energy in one style of painting. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of traditional styles and mediums to create my work. I paint for the joy of expression and when others appreciate my work I know I’ve been successful. I do occasionally stray from my subject matter to paint other animals or landscapes but my first love is horses. If all my different styles must have a label call it “Equine-ist”. My goal is to portray both the uniqueness of each horse, as well as the universal equine spirit. It must be in my DNA because capturing the essence of these kindred spirits is my passion.Candi Ayres Phillips
With artists on both sides of my family, I always had art materials close by. While in high school, I displayed an encaustic (melted crayon) piece at a one-day outdoors show on the Plaza. It was a hot Kansas spring day, and the metamorphosis of my piece was both fascinating and horrifying! Later, I learned "safer" mediums at the Kansas City Art Institute. Over the years, I've enjoyed the challenge of both art and craft commissions.
One of my jobs at Good Shepherd Catholic Church was creating art for public areas of the building. Two years before my retirement I designed a mosaic of two sheep and the Good Shepherd using individual photographs from the parish directory and parochial school yearbook. With 1400 families and 350 schoolchildren, I was often asked (with a smile!), "where am I in this?" The approximately 3' x 4' mosaic is displayed in the narthex.
Since then I've enjoyed creating mosaics using photographs and patterned papers, markers, fibers, colored pencils and powders. This show is especially dear to me. As a student at Merriam Grade School in the 1950s, my fifth grade classroom is now the gallery where my work is displayed!