Flashback – Phyllis Kapp Painting Watercolors In Her Santa Fe Studio in the 80′s! (remember the 80′s?)
Phyllis Kapp’s ecstatic watercolors never fail to elevate and inspire. Collectors and newcomers alike love the spontaneity and sheer joyfulness of her landscapes, paintings that transform the Southwest into a wonderland of myriad colors.
“I love to play while I paint,” she says. “I love to make people smile.”
Phyllis is indisputably the Southwest’s most delightful watercolorist, her dreamlike landscapes instantly recognizable and adored by her collectors and fans. People return year after year to experience her work and to renew their friendship with her. New visitors are amazed that she can achieve such a depth and vibrancy of color with watercolor, a medium that is perfectly suited to her spontaneous, daring approach. Never one to accept restrictions, Phyllis paints the world as she sees it.
“My paintings are wonderful fantasies,” she says, “About how the land and the sky feel to me.”
Recent excursions into plein air painting have, however, added a dimension of realism to some of the artist’s work. On numerous trips to Abiquiu Phyllis has absorbed the landscape of Northern New Mexico and the resulting paintings have an additional charm. Her status as one of the state’s finest landscape painters has been recognized by the Albuquerque Museum, which included a number of her paintings in its ‘Landscapes of New Mexico’ show in July 2001.
Phyllis has also been painting further afield. Last year she spent a period as artist in residence on a cruise ship around Tahiti; her dynamic palette perfectly captured the beauty of the tropics.
Recently chosen to be featured in the PBS special presentation of “Landscapes of Enchantment” that went national in the summer of 2010, Kapp has been totally inspired to paint. And this young lady will be 80 in December 2010, Waxlander Gallery is happy to celebrate Phyllis Kapp!