For Phyllis Nashen, a resident of Cote Saint-Luc for nearly 60 years, art has always been in her blood. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Phyllis recalls being active in painting and drawing from her earliest memories.
Always interested in the fine arts, Phyllis painted in oils with Hermann Heimlich for six years. After his death she enrolled in courses at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts with Seymour Segal and Chaki. She has worked in oil paints, watercolour, stone sculpting, stained glass, ceramics, mosaics and various other art forms for more than 40 years.
Watercolour has become her favourite pastime since studying with Rita Briansky and Shirley Katz. She also studied with Myrna Brooks Bercovitch, SCA. She currently delves into abstract realism and has developed her own style which is the use of bright colours and she loves to paint flowers. In fact, she paints a flower somewhere in most of her paintings, like a signature.
Her latest foray into the abstract brought out her passion for art 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.
Phyllis has displayed her works at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors where she was an active volunteer, as well as at The Fraser-Hickson Library, Galerie Mile End, the Boca Raton Museum School of Art and at the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library.
Painting for Phyllis is a form of therapy and a way of life. She manages to paint just about every day, even if its only for an hour or two.
Her latest creations will be exhibited at the Community Art Space, in the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, where she will be exhibiting 20 of her watercolour paintings. Come see the exhibit in the Library’s Community Art Space located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. from April 28 through May 29.
See more of Phyllis Nashen’s work at FineArtAmerica.com (fineartamerica.com/profiles/phyllis-nashen.html).