Paint Annapolis is on the way! Learn more about the juried artists and get yourself ready for this historic Plein air painting festival. 

We’re excited to welcome Jonathan McPhillips from Saunderstown, Rhode Island as a juried artist for Paint Annapolis 2023!

(above) Jonathan McPhillips

Jonathan graduated from Connect College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Now he is a full-time exhibiting artist and painting instructor in Rhode Island where he lives with his wife and two daughters. McPhillips truly enjoys living in New England as he is close to some of his favorite painting locations.

“Charging Station”, oil, by Jonathan McPhillips, 12″ x 9″

He views each of his paintings as a problem to solve or a puzzle he has to piece together. Jonathan has recently made his work a celebration of our coastal marine environment. His work includes the harbors beaches, vessels, and any architecture that draws us to the shore.

“Stray Cat”, oil, by Jonathan McPhillips, 30″ x 30″

Jonathan enjoys original artwork as it is able to tell a story or convey a sense of mystery and magic, rather than the ability of digital clarity which just captures a place in time. He says, “There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has somehow captivated a friend or a stranger.”-Jonathan McPhillips

“Returning together”, oil, by Jonathan McPhillips, 24″ x 48″

After about 25 years of almost exclusively using oil paints, he has recently decided to return to his first ever medium he used, watercolor. In the painting below, “Soft Rain”, Jonathan uses watercolor once again, different than the painting above, “Returning Together”, which he painted with oil.

“Soft Rain”, watercolor, by Jonathan McPhillips, 12″ x 9″

Jonathan is a member of both national and regional art organizations, abd has numerous awards. Some of his more recent awards include: 2022 Olmsted 200 Celebration Best Light in the Landscape Award, 2022 Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw First Place Award, 2022 Cape Ann Plein Air Honorable Mention Award, 2021 Cape Ann Plein Air First Place Award, and the 2021 American Impressionists Society President’s Choice Award, Omaha, NE.

“Upper Deck View”, oil, by Jonathan McPhillips, 14″ x 18″

To learn more about Jonathan and his work go to his website here.

Join Jonathan for this year’s Paint Annapolis plein air festival and register to participate as a public artist. Learn more at

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