Jonathan graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Now residing in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, Jonathan’s artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment.
Recent accomplishments include a juried acceptance into The American Impressionist Society National Exhibitions in 2013 and 2014. In addition, Jonathan participated in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational ( Atlanta, GA) in April of 2015.
Awards and exhibitions span McPhillips’ career. Of note would be his 2004 First Place-Best of Fleet Award at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island for “Courageous Convictions”, his 12 meter yacht replica and The Museum Purchase Award in the 2015 International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Jonathan is also honored to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program in 2006, which expanded his work to an international audience. Jonathan’s work is also on display in the offices of Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, both in Providence, RI and Washington DC.
Jonathan has recently rediscovered the joy and personal fulfillment that teaching brings to an artist’s life. He periodically arranges workshops and courses in oil painting. Video samples of selected works in progress are available, and have been especially popular among his collectors and fans.