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William Phillips - Painter of American Nostalgia. A small town is like a pocket mirror reflecting events taking place in the world at large. This is where history really happens, in the families of our neighbors, in our own living rooms, over the course of decades.

William Phillips chooses this intimate stage to chronicle America’s past and present in his nostalgic series of landscapes set in the idyllic small town of Phillips Bay. This charming village is everyone’s dream hometown, where we all want to raise our children and eventually retire. A town of church socials, band concerts and Fourth of July parades, where everyone is free to find their dreams and live them.

William Phillips painted his first nostalgic piece, a painting of an old car with a rumble seat crossing a wooden bridge, in 1975. The Phillips Bay series of landscape paintings was introduced in 1998, and since that time he’s explored the neighborhoods of Dogwood County in loving detail, from the 1930’s through the difficult days of WWII, to the present day. Each painting holds clues that reveal the era it depicts—look for vintage autos and boats, or the evolving infrastructure and landscaping of the village itself. Phillips’ fans know to look for an aircraft in his paintings; a friendly little nod to his other love, aviation.

He was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1945. His talent for drawing and his interest in aircraft both emerged at a very early age. As a boy of twelve he would go to Van Nuys airport and watch the California Air National Guard F-86’s take off and land; he rushed home to try and sketch their sleek lines in motion.

Phillips’ love of flight led him into the Air Force. He was stationed at a number of bases, including Tan Son Nhut, where he spent many afternoons sketching the various aircraft on the base and the beautiful clouds that gathered daily during the monsoon season. After discharge Phillips attended Southern Oregon University, majoring in law while living and working at a firestation as a student firefighter. He worked for the City of Ashland, Oregon, as a city firefighter for twelve years, then spent another four years as a wildland firefighter, continuing to hone his painting skills all the while.

The turning point came when four of his WWII aircraft paintings displayed in a restaurant sold. This gave him the impetus he’d been waiting for to put his new law degree aside and follow his heart to a full-time life as an artist.

Over the course of his amazingly successful thirty-year career in aviation art, Phillips’ thrilling portraits of military and civilian aircraft have placed him firmly at the top of this competitive field and garnered national recognition, including a one-man show at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. This retrospective show of over forty paintings subsequently toured the country to great acclaim.

William Phillips lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife, Kristy. Photo shows Phillips during his term as Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.


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A Bandit Goes Down
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A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True
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A Time of Eagles
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Accompaniment to the Symphony of Spring
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Advantage Eagle
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Afternoon Departure at Stoney Point Light
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Afternoon Mail
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Air Force Reflections
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Alameda Bound
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Among the Columns of Thor
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An Evening to Remember
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And Now the Trap
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Apple Creek Yacht Club
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Approaching the Gate to Destiny
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Best Seat in the House
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Bound for Home
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Cape Neddick Dawn
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Chasing the Daylight (Canvas)
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Choctaw Afternoon
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Christmas Eve at the Ahwahnee
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Christmas on the Eighth
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Christmas Traditions at Watchman Hill Inn
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Courtyard
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Dauntless Against a Rising Sun
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December of 45
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Dream Fulfilled--Where the Love Light Shines
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Early Morning Visitors
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Engaging the Enemy
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Engaging the Enemy (Canvas)
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Fish Tales at Beaver Camp
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Fuel State Critical-Outcome in Doubt
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Give Us This Day
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Grand Expedition, The
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Guardian at the Gate
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Heartland (Lithograph)
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Heavens Proclaim His Glory, The
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Hill Country Homecoming
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Hunter Becomes the Hunted, The
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Ill Hold You in My Dreams
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Into the Arms of the Dragon
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Into the Teeth of the Tiger
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Into the Throne Room of God
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Last Chance
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Late Season, Block Island
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Long Green Line, The
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Long Ride Home, The
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Mission Complete, The Journey Continues
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Moonwatchers (Canvas)
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New Sounds in an Ancient Canyon
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On Wings and a Prayer (Canvas)
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Phantom Thunder
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Phantoms and the Wizard, The
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Point Bonita: The Last Light
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Pride of Arizona
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Reflections
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Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven
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Rising into the Storm
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Rising into the Storm (Canvas)
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Rolling on the River
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Shadow Dance
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Sleigh Ride at Apple Creek
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Splitting a Pair
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Sunset Recovery
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Tender Cares of Autumn, The
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Toward the Setting Sun
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Two Down One to Go
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Unveiling
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Welcome Home Yank
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Westbound: A Date with the General
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When Prayers are Answered (Canvas)
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When You See Zeros, Fight em
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Winter Splendor
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Winter Symphony
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A Prayer for My Brother
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A Prayer for My Brother (Canvas)
$ 275.00

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