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Born in Massachusetts, Phyllis Oliver is an award-winning artist with over thirty years of experience in teaching and painting. During her travels, she has also lived in Hawaii, California, Washington State and Greece.
She is in collections in Canada, Kuwait, Greece, Australia, and several more European countries as well as in the US.
Phyllis has been involved in the arts since she was a child working with her grandmother an internationally known jeweler. After graduating with a degree in Art from the University of New Hampshire, she married a Navy pilot. She didn’t pick up painting again until her children were older. She developed her teaching methods by combining her grandmother’s approach, her mother’s knowledge as an art teacher, psychology, and brain research. Her knowledge of color was developed while studying Russia Realism with Ron Lukas in Seattle for six years. In her studio in Washington State, she taught gifted and talented young people who went on to excel. She became Adjunct faculty at Seattle Pacific University, teaching classroom teachers how to incorporate her techniques into the curriculum.
After living in Greece, she and her husband moved to Bakersfield in 2006 to be near her grandchildren and she joined the BAA in 2008.
She is a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor society, and elected Member of Women Painters of Washington. She has exhibit in the US, Greece, Kuwait.
She considers “visual art” to be a cross cultural language, as line, color, and form appeal directly to the senses and provide a way to experience a moment in time.
Phyllis can be contacted at (661) 319-1236
Phyllis Oliver is the featured artist at Dagny’s Coffee Shop (1600 Eye Street) for the month of March. This satellite show is one of many sponsored by the Bakersfield Art Center which is located at 1607 19th St., Bakersfield.
The show’s theme is "Memories of People and Places” based on beloved characters and scenes from places Phyllis has lived in her life: The Northwest, Greece, and the Valley.
Watercolor 12” x 15”
Water Color and Ink 4’ x 5“
"HOPE OF SUMMER"