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 juried acceptance into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Exhibitions in 2010 & 2012. He is a Core Artist at theMaritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT and has award winning pieces exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. In addition, Jonathan was invited to participate in the Carmel, CA Plein Air Art Festival in 2011 and the 2013 Masters in Miniature Show at the Trailside Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY.
Awards and exhibitions span McPhillips’ career. In 2008 he won Honorable Mention at Little Compton, RI juried exhibition, 2005-Award of Merit, Green River Gallery, Bristol, RI, 2005-Honorable Mention, Blackstone River Gallery, Woonsocket, RI, 2004-First Place-Best in Fleet Award, New York Yacht Club and The Newport Art Museum, 2002-Honorable Mention, Painting, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI, 2001-First Place Award, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, 2001-Honorable Mention, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, 2001-First Place Award, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI, 2000-First Place Award, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI; 1999, Second Place Award, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI. 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. 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. His 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. His artistic journey can easily be followed through social media and e-newsletters, as well as his blog and website. Video samples of selected works in progress are also available, and have been especially popular among his collectors and fans.