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Phyllis Adams
New Bedford , MA

About the Artist

One of nine children, Phyllis Adams was born in Boston, and except for a few years on the west coast has lived most of her life in New England. She spent her childhood summers in Westport MA, a pristine coastal town, and moved back to the area several years ago.
Her first memory of painting is of the excitement she felt standing in front of her mother’s easel and painting a small still life that was set up. From there, she was hooked. She loved everything about it from the smell of the paint to the feel of the canvas.

Although her passion has always been art, her career took a differ…

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About the Artist

One of nine children, Phyllis Adams was born in Boston, and except for a few years on the west coast has lived most of her life in New England. She spent her childhood summers in Westport MA, a pristine coastal town, and moved back to the area several years ago.
Her first memory of painting is of the excitement she felt standing in front of her mother’s easel and painting a small still life that was set up. From there, she was hooked. She loved everything about it from the smell of the paint to the feel of the canvas.

Although her passion has always been art, her career took a different path. Along with being a mother of three sons, she worked for over ten years as a computer software manager at Lotus Corporation and IBM in Cambridge.

After leaving the industry she threw herself into art, and now paints full-time. When the weather permits, she enjoys painting outside. In the summer she takes her small Boston Whaler, along with a dog or two, out on the Westport River. She pulls up to a sandbar and sets up her easel to paint, taking a break to take a dip now and then. Those summer days give her the chance to combine her two favorite activities: painting and swimming.

Phyllis’ art evokes the natural beauty of coastal New England. Its ocean, its beaches, and its wild life are sources of constant inspiration. She strives to pare down and find the essence of her subject matter by abstracting shapes and exaggerating color. Color and shape is a language she uses to express feeling, mood and impressions of places and things. To Phyllis, straddling the edge of realism and abstraction is the most exciting and challenging aspect of her art.

Artist’s Work

Blue jay
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Blue Jay

By Phyllis Adams

Piping plovers 2
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Piping Plovers

By Phyllis Adams

Bird watchers
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Bird Watchers

By Phyllis Adams

Pussywillows
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Pussywillows

By Phyllis Adams

Piper
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Piper

By Phyllis Adams

Plover ll
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Plover ll

By Phyllis Adams

Blue crabs 2
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Blue Crabs

By Phyllis Adams

Sring has sprung
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Spring Has Sprung

By Phyllis Adams

Birds by the waters edge 2
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Birds By The Waters Edge

By Phyllis Adams

In the pink
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In The Pink

By Phyllis Adams

Bird watchers 2
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Bird Watchers

By Phyllis Adams

Single rose
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Single Rose

By Phyllis Adams

Feeding time
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Feeding Time

By Phyllis Adams

Rounding the buoy
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Rounding the Buoy

By Phyllis Adams

Sheep in the meadow 2
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Baby Plover

By Phyllis Adams

Marsh egrets
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Marsh Egrets

By Phyllis Adams

To the light house
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To The Light House

By Phyllis Adams

Field of dreams 4
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Field Of Dreams

By Phyllis Adams

A bunch of daisies
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A Bunch Of Daisies

By Phyllis Adams

King of the hill 2
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King Of The Hill

By Phyllis Adams

Boat house row 2
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Boat House Row

By Phyllis Adams

Bathing beauty
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Bathing Beauty

By Phyllis Adams

Our town iv
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Our Town IV

By Phyllis Adams

Bassett housnd
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Bassett Housnd

By Phyllis Adams

Cranberry bog
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Cranberry Bog

By Phyllis Adams

Beach cabanas ll
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Beach Cabanas ll

By Phyllis Adams

Regatta ll
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Regatta ll

By Phyllis Adams

Cottage by the sea 2
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Cottage By The Sea

By Phyllis Adams

Choppy waters 2
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Choppy Waters

By Phyllis Adams

Moored
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Moored

By Phyllis Adams

Pink cottage
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Pink Cottage

By Phyllis Adams

Yellow vase
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Yellow Vase

By Phyllis Adams

Salmon marsh
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Salmon marsh

By Phyllis Adams

Baby sheep
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Baby Sheep

By Phyllis Adams

Regatta lll
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Regatta lll

By Phyllis Adams

Bird on a fence
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Bird on a Fence

By Phyllis Adams

Pocketful of dreams
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Pocketful Of Dreams

By Phyllis Adams

Baby lamb
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Baby Lamb

By Phyllis Adams

Strutter
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Strutter

By Phyllis Adams

Harbor town ll
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Harbor Town ll

By Phyllis Adams

Beach bums
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Beach Bums

By Phyllis Adams

Birds by the waters edge
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Birds by the Waters Edge

By Phyllis Adams

Bythe waters edge
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ByThe Waters Edge

By Phyllis Adams

Meadowlard
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Meadowlark

By Phyllis Adams

Humpback mama
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Humpback Mama

By Phyllis Adams

The lookout 4
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The Lookout

By Phyllis Adams

Marsh blues
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Marsh Blues

By Phyllis Adams

Salmon marsh ll
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Salmon Marsh ll

By Phyllis Adams

Cabanas
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Cabanas

By Phyllis Adams

Egret 1
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Egret 1

By Phyllis Adams

Egret 2
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egret 2

By Phyllis Adams

Marsh egrets 5
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Marsh Egrets 5

By Phyllis Adams

Egret 3
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Egret 3

By Phyllis Adams

Harbor town 2
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Harbor Town

By Phyllis Adams

Birds in the mist
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Birds in the Mist

By Phyllis Adams

Little cottage by the sea
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Little Cottage By The Sea

By Phyllis Adams

Bird gossip
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Bird Gossip

By Phyllis Adams

The coop
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The Coop

By Phyllis Adams

Boat gossip
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Boat Gossip

By Phyllis Adams

Boat house row
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Boat House Row

By Phyllis Adams

Cottage sundries
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Cottage Sundries

By Phyllis Adams

Harbor town
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Harbor Town

By Phyllis Adams

Dancing baby plover
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Dancing Baby Plover

By Phyllis Adams

Three egrets
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Three Egrets

By Phyllis Adams

Sheep
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Sheep

By Phyllis Adams

Sheep in the meadow
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Sheep In The Meadow

By Phyllis Adams

It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing
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It Don't Mean a Thing ( if it ain't got that swing)

By Phyllis Adams

Blue crab 1
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Blue Crab 1

By Phyllis Adams

Choppy waters
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Choppy Waters

By Phyllis Adams

Sheep in the meadow 4
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Salmon Marsh

By Phyllis Adams

Blue crab 3
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Blue Crab 3

By Phyllis Adams

Fawn
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Fawn

By Phyllis Adams

Heading out
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Heading Out

By Phyllis Adams

Path to the beach
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Path To The Beach

By Phyllis Adams

Egrets in the marsh lll
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Egrets In The Marsh lll

By Phyllis Adams

Blue crab 2
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Blue Crab 2

By Phyllis Adams

Mama baby sheep
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Mama & Baby Sheep

By Phyllis Adams

Sheep in the meadow 3
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Rounding The Mark

By Phyllis Adams

Egrets in the marsh
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Egrets In The Marsh

By Phyllis Adams

Selected Exhibitions

  • The Atelier Gallery
    Charleston, SC, 2013
  • The Left Bank Gallery
    Wellfleet, MA, 2012
  • Spring Bull Gallery
    Newport, R.I., 2011
  • Gallery Eleven Fine Art
    Bristol, R.I., 2010
  • Newport Art Museum
    Newport, R.I., 2009

Press and Accolades

  • The Bay Magazine
    May, 2013
  • Fall River Herald
    April, 2011
  • South Coast Art Tour
    July, 2012 and 2011

Education

  • Cambridge Intensive Painting Course,
    Cambridge, MA.,2005 
  • Roger Williams University,
    Bristol, R.I.,1974 
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University,
    Teaneck, N.J,1972