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William S. Phillips - SUNWARD WE CLIMB -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

Original Retail Price $175.00
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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 41 1/4"w x 20 5/8"h.
Published: June 1987

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This is the Canadian Forces' Air Demonstration Team, the "Snowbirds," as they begin their pullup at the bottom of a loop. Darting through patches of sunlight, they will now begin their climb sunward leaving Waterton Lake far below as they climb to a realm where the sun relinquishes its power only to night.

The "Snowbirds" made their first appearance at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in May, 1972. Since then, they have displayed their aeronautical skills to over 30 million spectators throughout North America. They fly the Canadair CT114 Tutor jet trainers. Their routine consists of a fast paced and at times, heart stopping, series of formations and solo maneuvers lasting 25 minutes. All team members are volunteers and are selected each fall from applicants throughout the forces.

The background for "Sunward We Climb" is Waterton Lake and The Prince of Wales Hotel located in the southwestern corner of Alberta, Canada. The cloud shadowed mountains in the distance are in Glacier National Park.

William S. Phillips
Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter, a respect and reverence for a time and place, help him when painting aviation as well as classic landscapes. Phillips often spends days observing landscape subjects. Finding companionship with the land, he is able to convey the boundlessness of nature on the painted canvas inspiring a reverence for the natural landscape in its beholders. After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He developed sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillipsí work in 1986. He is one of only a few artists to have been so honored. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navyís Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Associationís Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Billís work has been included in the Top 100 each year he has entered the competition and his work has won the Art History Award twice. Phillips was selected as the Fall 2004 Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tapped by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations and header design for a pane of twenty stamps in 1997 entitled Classic American Aircraft. He was chosen again in 2005 for a pane of twenty stamps (ten designs) entitled American Advances in Aviation. Billís major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


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