Artist Interview: Ed Philips

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 When I was 4 or 5 I became real­ly aware of art and espe­cial­ly my own expe­ri­ences with using crayons! I loved the vari­ety of won­der­ful col­ors and the sub­jects in col­or­ing books.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 My mom bought paint by the num­bers sets for all of her kids. I was the only one who was frus­trat­ed by them because they did­n’t look like I want­ed them too! My mom had been learn­ing to paint with oil paints and she taught me the basics when I was around 9 years. I did­n’t real­ly embrace it until I was around 12 or 13.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 I am grate­ful that I’ve been exposed to a huge vari­ety of art and art styles through the years part­ly because I have trav­eled and lived in so many places. That expo­sure was part of why I love paint­ing a vari­ety of sub­jects and I like vibrant col­ors and unusu­al light­ing in my paint­ings. I also began read­ing about and study­ing artists from the past and present which gave me addi­tion­al inspi­ra­tion to paint and to try to devel­op my skills as a painter.
What is your process like?
 I don’t like for subjects/compositions I want to paint just the time to do them all! I start with a com­po­si­tion and usu­al­ly spend a good amount of time think­ing through how to improve and make the com­po­si­tion real­ly good. The next step is to get a rough draw­ing on the can­vas or wood pan­el. After that I do a rough block in try­ing to get the basic light­ing, col­ors, and lines cor­rect. After that I go back and start with details usu­al­ly mov­ing from back to front but always antic­i­pat­ing the way to lay­er paint to give the paint­ing prop­er persepctive.
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
 Behind every paint­ing is a sto­ry. I often won­der what the sto­ry is behind many oth­er artists cre­ations. Some of my paint­ings have a fair­ly straight­for­ward sto­ry but oth­ers are more intense and emotional.
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 I try to con­trol per­spec­tive, con­trast, and col­ors. There are always unex­pect­ed things in my paint­ings and usu­al­ly they turn out to be good.
Where do you see your work going from here?
 I am enjoy­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­tin­ue to hone my skills as an artist and broad­en some of the sub­jects I paint. I espe­cial­ly look for­ward to devel­op­ing the abil­i­ty to paint por­traits some day. I can paint human forms well but por­trai­ture has been a much big­ger chal­lenge that I haven’t real­ly worked on yet.