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Phyllis Tarlow

Personal Statement

In recent years, I've been drawn more and more to painting the landscape. I paint out on location as well as from digital photos that I take while combing the countryside for interesting subjects.

I'm drawn to a subject for a variety of reasons—

The way the light is hitting the subject at that particular time and day

An interesting architectural element in an otherwise natural scene

The color and textures in the scene

A dramatic weather or lighting condition like those that occur when a storm is passing through or at the beginning or end of the day

In each case, my aim is to capture what I'm seeing and to share with the viewer the heightened awareness and love of nature I'm feeling as I drink in that scene.


Phyllis Tarlow is a Westchester-based artist who lives and works in Hartsdale. A former illustrator turned portrait artist and fine art painter, Phyllis considers herself a contemporary realist. Her subject matter ranges from landscapes and still lifes to highly detailed portraits of people, animals, and homes.

At the present time, Phyllis's portraits of people and animals are rendered in watercolor, oil, or graphite. She also depicts homes in pen & ink or watercolor.

When it comes to landscape painting, Phyllis works exclusively in oil when painting studies on location, and in oil or watercolor in the studio. Regardless of the medium, her aim is to capture the essence of her subjects in a sensitive manner and share her love for the subject with the viewer.

Phyllis is a member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, the Scarsdale Art Association, the Garrison Art Center , Art Association of Old Greenwich, Greenwich Arts Council and Westchester Arts Council. Memberships include Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn., New York Plein Air Painters, The American Society of Portrait Artists, The Portrait Society of America and affiliate member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters.

The artist exhibits work at Images Gallery in Briarcliff Manor and The Flatiron Gallery in Peekskill . Her work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions including those of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City , the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Westchester Beaux Arts exhibitions, and New Rochelle Art Association Annual Open Juried Exhibitions, and she has received a number of awards at these exhibitions.

During the years that she worked as an illustrator, Phyllis's work appeared in Reader's Digest and other magazines as well as on young adult book covers, in textbooks, and in advertising and promotional literature for major corporations.

She currently spends her time between working on portrait commissions and developing the paintings and drawings that make up the rest of her body of work. Good weather finds her painting the landscape outdoors, both locally and while visiting locations that intrigue her.

Phyllis is a graduate of New Rochelle High School and Simmons College and holds a Masters Degree in Art Education/Art Therapy from the College of New Rochelle . She has studied art at the Parsons School of Design, Rockland Community College , Westchester Art Workshop, the Reilly League of Artists, and at workshops with noted portrait painters Daniel Greene and Michael Del Priore. Her landscape paintings have been influenced by study at the Cape Cod School of Art. She is self-taught in many of her favorite mediums including colored pencil, watercolor and pen & ink. Phyllis has taught art in the SWAS Program at Mamaroneck High School and has worked in the commercial art world as a graphic artist as well as an illustrator.

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