Gary Phile Fine Art


This is what I like to do!
My artwork has always been a type of therapy for me. The quiet, mindful exercise of applying just the right color in just the right amount in just the right spot, really pulls me away from my everyday concerns. 
When I start a new painting, I don’t usually have a message or meaning in mind. I’ll have images that I need to get out of my head so I’ll sketch them down in a pad. Next I will work on getting the image in color and on canvas. As the paintings unfold, I feel a strong sense of equilibrium approaching. My paintings don’t have to ‘look‘ balanced, they just have to ‘feel’ balanced. This is when I know a painting is finished. 
My goal is for the viewer to have a ‘feeling’ when they look at my work. Angst, dread, warmth, grief, concern, malaise, euphoria, relief, happiness; it doesn’t really matter. They just need to ‘feel’. There aren’t hidden messages about the downfall of human society or politics. Nothing like that. I just want the viewer to ‘feel’ and be ‘in’ the painting. 
I’ve developed an affinity for nature, especially trees. Whether abstract or realistic, I enjoy incorporating them into whatever is on the easel. Old buildings maintain a strong attraction for me as well. 
Most of my work comes from my own desires and needs, but I do get some commissioned work. This work can be anything from portraits to sunsets to restoring someone else’s work. My artwork has even crossed over into illustration and woodwork at times. Three dimensional multimedia pieces to business cards, it’s all art to me.

Prices and quotes
16"x20"   $200(1 face) or $225(2 faces)
18"x24"   $275(1 face) or $300(2 faces)
Anything outside of this please send me a message and let me know what you're looking for.
What do you get for your money?  A hand painted oil painting by an artist you've met. A painting on a high quality canvas with only high quality paints and a varnish that will allow the painting to last for 100 years or more. 

Points to remember...
*I need a very clear and high resolution photo to work from. If you give me poor photos, I will only make a poor painting and we don't want that.
**It takes about 3 months from the first sketch on the canvas to the final coat of varnish.  There are no rush jobs. I can't make paint dry/cure faster. Sorry.
*** And lastly, I go by the photo and not what could be there. Ex. Having a person turn a different direction. Give them more hair. Paint parts of people that aren't in the photo.  I can only paint what I see.  Sorry. :)

Gary Phile       

I've been an artist most of my life and only recently have decided to make it more of a part on my life.

How does this process work?

First the drawing

The start of the work on the canvas is done with pencil. I need to have a rough sketch of the subject before I even think of laying down any paint. A good sharp photo helps immensly.

Second the painting

Now is when I start the actual painting. I'll almost redraw the picture with paint now. This is where you providing me with a high quality photo comes to play. I'll take your photo and enlarge it to the same size as your painting. This enlarged photo will hang directly next to the painting until completion. If your photo isn't very good it will look even worse when it's enlarged.

Lastly, the varnish.

Once the painting is done, it needs to sit for about a week until it is dry to the touch. Then it needs to continue drying for about 2-3 months before I can safely put varnish over top. All my paintings need have varnish on them. With out the varnish, black tends to look gray and the painting doesn't seem to have any depth. This layer of varnish will protect the painting from any dirt or debris for 100 years or more! 


Want to know more? You can contact me with this form.

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