Image of Big Fish, Paintings by Phil Watford of Bryson City

Big Fish: Paintings by Phil Watford

August 2 - September 8, 2018
Artist Reception~ Thursday, August 2, 5:00-7:00pm

The exhibit, “Big Fish” opens in our gallery in downtown Morganton on Thursday, August 2, 2018 and runs through September 8. The exhibit features the striking and colorful paintings of regional artist, Phil Watford. Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the artist at the reception.

Phil Watford’s paintings typically involve water related subject matter. “I love painting fish, along with the immersive environment in which they live and hope to capture a little of the joy I feel being among them.” He primarily uses acrylic paints, preferring them for their ease of use and clean-up with water. He also likes to paint quickly and the fast drying paints are well suited to his style and temperament.

Phil Watford spent most of his life in and around the water, from sailing, whitewater kayaking, scuba diving, and surfing. His connection to the marine environment is strong and continues to influence his life and art.