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Lauris Phillips / Desert Essence


Last updated 10/22/2015 at 11:35am

The event is 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.

With her handmade tools 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 a founding member and first chairman of the Anza-Borrego Committee and served for twenty-five years. While he was director at the San Diego Natural History Museum in the late 1960s, he was instrumental in forging the educational and scientific relationship that lasts to this day with Anza-Borrego 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 the Anza-Borrego Foundation, from Oct. 10 through 31.

Lauris will be giving a free public gallery talk at the Borrego Art Institute on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m.

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