Phyllis Shipley

Title: Artist
Company: Phyllis Shipley Fine Art
Location: Rockledge, Florida, United States

Phyllis Shipley, Artist at Phyllis Shipley Fine Art, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in visual arts.

Ms. Shipley is a fine art painter and gallery owner celebrating more than three decades of dedication to her painting career. Since 1989, she has been the owner and primary artist at Phyllis Shipley Fine Art, specializing in acrylic and giclee abstract and figurative works on canvas. Ms. Shipley’s work is a direct emotional appeal to each viewer and she tries to tell a story or spark a unique feeling with each piece. She explains that she paints with what she calls “the threes” in mind: sense, suggestion, and symbols, and she considers it an accomplishment each time her work makes a viewer smile or feel joy. Raised by a family of musicians, Ms. Shipley felt a lifelong connection to her creativity but did not explore painting until she took classes, first with her young son and later with a soloist from her church. Ms. Shipley holds a business degree from East Tennessee State College and enjoyed an extended career as a purchaser for Eastman Chemical Company before entering the fine arts world in 1989.

After finding her calling in painting in the late 1980s, Ms. Shipley spent several years traveling, taking masterclasses and workshops, and exhibiting pieces in shows, winning Best in Show awards from galleries in France and St. Simons Island. In 1992, she accepted early retirement from Eastman Chemical Company to open her first gallery. Since then, Ms. Shipley has exhibited at the Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery in New York, Art Avenue Gallery in Sarasota, Florida, and LUNAS in Cocoa Beach, Florida, among many other venues. She continues to study at workshops in France, Mexico, and across the United States and has been featured in a limited edition “Artists of Tennessee Magazine,” 1996, “On the Road to Inner Vision,” an upcoming book by Gill S. Melanson, and looks forward to a solo exhibition of her work in June 2021. Ms. Shipley is a longtime member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, the Vero Beach Art Society, Brevard Watercolor Society and Tennessee Watercolor Society, and she has volunteered as a judge for the Eighth Congressional District of Florida Art Competition each year since 2014. Ms. Shipley credits her success to her faith and the support of her family, adding that life is “not a problem to be solved, but a beautiful gift to be enjoyed.”

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