Dee Olga MinYoung-Phillips

I was born in Ashtabula, OH and moved, at a young age, to the Warren-Youngstown, OH area in Trumbull County. I did not have formal art training while attending High School and, therefore, took night courses anywhere art was being taught. After graduating from Champion HS, I attended Kent State University main campus for one year, as an art major.


After marriage and several years later, I began classes again at KSU main campus, but those classes were halted in 1979 by a move to El Paso, Tx. where my husband had been transferred. Living in El Paso for only 5 months, my family and I moved back to the Warren area where I began art classes again, this time at the KSU Trumbull Branch. While attending classes at that time and with a major in art, I was asked to be the Art Editor for the Kent State Icon Literary Magazine, which I accepted for a two-year term. During this time, I belonged to the Trumbull Art Guild, showed and sold my paintings at outdoor art shows, won awards in the TAG shows and had paintings accepted in the local artists shows at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH. And I have continued my membership as one of the founding members of the RTcompany artists group in Warren.


A second move to El Paso, TX., in 1985, became a wonderful branching out with my artworks by having 2 one-woman shows along with winning numerous awards in many art shows held in the El Paso area. I have shown and won awards at juried shows at the Americana Museum, The Arts International Show, Rio Bravo Watercolorists Museum Shows, and after showing at the Chamizal National Memorial Museum, our Plein Air Painters "Along the Rio Grande" Show went, on request of the government, to the Department of the Interior Museum for approximately one and one half years.


Along with Plein Air Painting in Acrylics, I enjoy using oils because of the slower drying time of oils. Oils allow me to study the landscape and plan my composition more thoroughly. When painting animal portraits, I have used both acrylics and oils as well as watercolors.


I also very much enjoy painting figures and when painting these figures in motion, I prefer to use watercolors on a ground of gessoed watercolor paper, rather than using oils or acrylics on canvas.


Although I have never returned to college to receive a degree, I have learned, possibly, much more by being involved with so many very talented artists in the El Paso Art Association, The Rio Bravo Watercolorists, and my favorite organization-the Plein Air Painters of El Paso. The outdoor painting experiences and painting alongside many of the fine artists in El Paso who belong to this group, has been one of the greatest experiences I have had in the art world in El Paso. Along with being a learning experience, there is a feeling of peace and tranquility being out in the open air to paint my views in my environment.


Some of the paintings may be available for sale. All of the artwork is ORIGINAL.

Artist accepts commissions, special requests, portraits, landscapes, etc.

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