“An Overnight Success“, by Sid Burns

For Phyllis Nashen, a long time resident of Cote St. Luc, art has always been in her blood. Going as far back as 1965, under the tutelage of Herman Heimlich, she studied oil painting. And for the next fifteen years, Phyllis took classes with Seymour Segal and Chaki, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts.

By 1980, Phyllis made a change and decided to study water colour with Rita Briansky. This change really brought out her passion forart and painting, to the point when she is at her easel she is totally lost in the emotion of the subject and forgets to eat.

Currently, she is studying with Myrna Brooks Bercovitch, SCA. She currently delves into Abstract realism and has developed her own style which is the use of bright colors and loves to paint flowers. In fact, she paints a flower somewhere in all of her paintings, like a signature.

In 1997, Phyllis exhibited at The Fraser-Hickson Library, Montreal, then in 2008 at Galerie Mile End, Montreal and at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art, Boca Raton, Florida.

Painting for Phyllis is a form of therapy and a way of life. She manages to paint just about everyday, even if its only an hour or two.

Her “overnight success”, has brought her to the Eleanor London Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, where she will be exhibiting thirty of her water colour paintings, starting May 6th through June 6th, 2010.

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