Phyllis Bachand was born in Georgia and grew up in Florida. After graduating from Florida Southern College she moved to New York City where she worked in marketing research eventually owning her own business in Washington, DC. In 1989 she left the business world and attended the Corcoran School of Art where she studied sculpture and painting. In 1991 she received her Masters of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1993 she moved to Toronto, ON where she worked as an artist primarily in mixed media sculpture. In 2001 she and her husband returned to the states and settled in Ponte Vedra and she began painting.
Phyllis’ work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work has always been drawn from nature. Her current work is a series of contemporary flower paintings in oil and mixed media. The paintings are richly layered and show the history of the painting, often exposing traces of preliminary drawings.
“In my painting I try to project a sense of beauty but with a force of energy and vitality. I like to expose the physical nature of the paint and it’s application. I want to give the viewer a reason to pause for reflection and time to study the work.”
Phyllis currently divides her time between Ponte Vedra and Maine, where she spends the summers.