Originally from Montreal, Phyllis studied at McGill University and went on to teach Art & Ceramics in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Specializing in wheel thrown porcelain, Phyllis’ work was exhibited widely and collected in the UK and abroad.
A lifelong love of painting led to further study at Heatherleys where her talent for portraiture became evident. Commissions were soon to follow and have included two Principals of Queen’s University, Canada, and the novelist Louis de Bernieres and family.
Her solo show at the Chelsea Arts Club was highly praised and she has been twice pre-selected for the BP Award. In 2020, her portrait of Andrew Logan was exhibited in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition.
Phyllis was thrilled to take part in Portrait Artist of the Year in 2021 and 22; her portrait on the 2021 series of Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock was paticularly successful.
As well as portraits, she enjoys painting flora, which allows her to explore the emotional effects of colour and light.