INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mr. Phillips is a native Texan, born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1956. He grew up in North Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mr. Phillips lives south of Dallas, Texas on his ranch, Cherokee Ridge, where he draws, designs, paints and sculpts. His parents played a big role in his interests in the natural environment and education of his role as a steward of the land. His heritage is Native American (Cherokee) which also influenced his early appreciation of nature. This early education leads Mr. Phillips to pursue a formal professional education in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.
Mr. Phillips graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1979 with a BSLA. In 2012, received his Masters in landscape architecture/urban design from UTA. After working as a Registered Landscape Architect for nine (9) years, Mr. Phillips took a sabbatical for six (6) months in 1988 and traveled throughout Europe. His studies took him through the streets, gardens, and plazas of London, Paris, Venice, Florence, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Brugge, Amsterdam, and Vienna.
Upon returning to the states, Mr. Phillips married Laurell D. Simon on the grounds of the old Florida Bartlett Family Estate called “The Bonnet House” in May 1989. They remained in Fort Lauderdale for several years before Mr. Phillips returned to Texas, in 1992.
Mr. Phillips continued to travel throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean with his wife taking in the cultures, their arts, history, and people.
In 2005, Mr. Phillips became a registered member of the Texas Cherokee tribe known as “Tsalagiyi Nvdagi”. The Tribal UGU (principal chief) bestowed his tribal name “Standing Bear” upon him. Mr. Phillips’ early family education about being a good steward of the land has now come full circle and his art is influenced by the beauty, color and reverence of nature. Phillips brings his photography, painting, and drawing skills together into his expertise of computers and imaging software, creating one-of-a-kind celebrations of color, form and textures found in nature.
ARTIST CONTACT INFORMATION
J. R. Phillips, RLA, CLARB, ASLA
325 Valdez Road
Ennis, Texas 75119
JR Phillips joined Fine Art America on August 17th, 2012.