Biography

Phyllis J. Doyon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945. In the 50's her family moved to the San Fernando Valley in California. She has lived in Camarillo since 1973 with her husband, Carl. They have two grown children and are grandparents.

A graduate of Oxnard College, Phyllis studied abstract concept with internationally known James Jarvaise. In addition she studied in workshops with nationally known artist such as Robert E. Wood, Gerald Brommer, Stephen Quiller, Katherine Chang Lui, Alex Powers, Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schink, George James and Ning Yeh.

Phyllis is a Board Member of the National Watercolor Society, where she serves as the 4th Vice-President - Publicity. She is also a member of the Collage Society of America, the Channel Islands Art Center, the Thousand Oaks Art Center, and Women Painters West.

Phyllis has had over forty solo shows and her paintings have been award winners at numerous exhibitions. Her paintings are in various private and corporate collections throughout the United States, including Santa Barbara Savings and Loan in Santa Barbara, CA., Ramona Savings and Loan, Santa Paula, CA., Medical Diagnostic Imaging in Thousand Oaks, CA., the City of Thousand Oaks, CA., former Los Angeles Times writer, Jack Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Moss of Moss Motors in Riverside, CA., and Ability-Century 21 in Camarillo, CA. Her work is also held in collections in England, Canada, France, Mexico and Greece. Note that 500 paintings are created by Doyon each year.

Teaching for the past thirty years, Phyllis works with both children and adults. Classes are held several times a week and workshops are available in her spacious studio in Camarillo, CA and for art associations locally and outside the area.

A popular demonstrator, juror and workshop teacher, Phyllis works throughout California and Nevada. For more information, a biographic history is available upon request. As well as being a full time artist and teacher, she also represents numerous artists at the Doyon Studio & Gallery in Camarillo, CA.

Artist Statement

"I have always loved to work with watercolor and water media, enjoying the vibrant colors and flow of the paint. Committing to bold color early in the painting keeps the work clean and transparent. This is what gives watercolor its sparkle and life.

Watercolor is meant to be spontaneous and I often "attack" the paper with color. It is natural for me to paint with this medium and I am fascinated by the movement of wet pigment. I enjoy taking liberties with the paint. It would be boring to copy something exactly. As an artist it is my job and my passion to find the excitement in the subject and exaggerate it. While respecting all forms of art, my preference is to paint things of beauty. I guess that is why I love to paint flowers.

The viewer should feel the emotion in my work, not just observe the subject. I hope to instill my enthusiasm in the viewer, for the subject and especially for the color. The viewer should feel what I felt when I first looked at the flower and loaded my brush with juicy color. It is a sharing of sorts. If I get a reaction from my work, even a negative reaction, then I have touched the viewer and done my job.

When painting on location, I am inspired by the color, the shape of the land, and, of course, the light.

While working on the floral or still life in the studio, I can control the light. I feel that painting from real life is most inspirational. The exciting part about being an artist is the ability to creatively and freely interpret the subject. Known for my clean, clear color, I paint daily in my spacious studio in Camarillo CA, some 500 works annually. My subjects vary from still life such as floral, fruits and vegetables to local and distant landscapes. I work mainly in watercolor, but I also use acrylic, printing inks for mono prints and etchings, and a variety of things for my mixed media and collages.

When I need a change of subject, I work abstractly. This is both stimulating and challenging. All the same elements of painting traditionally are the same for creating an abstract. Using a variety of techniques and working with different tools and materials is a must for personal growth.