DESERT ESSENCE, showing at the Borrego Art Institute through October, is the fruition of an informal Artist's Residency in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is a selection of seven paintings created with pigments gathered from near-park desert locations and wild brushes made from local animal fur. It is Anza-Borrego painted with Anza-Borrego.
DESERT RAM / 2015 / desert charcoal-watercolor / coyote brush / 22 x 38 in
With her handmade tools (with materials gathered on PRIVATE land) Lauris reveals the essence of her desert subjects in a spontaneous style. Consistent with her work of the last several years, these paintings are based in the tradition of Japanese ink painting, Sumi-e, while informed by close observation of nature and 30 years of experience painting in various media.
Lauris Phillips has deep roots in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Her father, Dr. Richard Phillips, was founding member of the Anza-Borrego Committee from its early years and stayed on for 20 years total. While he was director at the San Diego Natural History Museum in the late 1960s, he was instrumental in forging an educational and scientific relationship that lasts to this day with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Through this project she continues her father’s legacy of giving to the Park. Lauris’ paintings will be on display and for sale to benefit Anza-Borrego Foundation, from October 10th through the 31st.