Jason’s passion for drawing led him to continue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. During the course of his studies he was awarded the Thomas Eakins Memorial Prize for Figure Painting, the Michael G. Cappuzzi Memorial Endowment, and the coveted Lois and Charles X. Carlson Landscape Painting Residency. He has apprenticed under renowned sculptor Anthony Visco and with painter/filmmaker Bo Bartlett.
After finishing his studies at the Academy, he worked briefly as a freelance illustrator, production artist and web designer. In 2003, Jason left the commercial art world and hit the road, taking a five-month landscape painting expedition through the United States. Painting daily, he traversed twenty-five states. Paintings, sketches, and journal excerpts from this series, entitled Travelogue, have been exhibited in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Montana, and Colorado. His work hangs in many private collections as well as the R.M. Shoemaker Corporation of Pennsylvania.
Presently McPhillips leads small workshops in figure drawing, artistic anatomy, and oil painting. He seeks to awaken wonder in his students, through the twin miracles of art and the human body.
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