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William S. Phillips - WINTER VISITORS AT KRINGLE HILL INN -  L.E.CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

Original Retail Price $450.00
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Limited Edition of: 150
Image Size: 20"w x 15"h.
Published: November 2003

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"Let Your Heart Come Home" to Phillips Bay

Nestled in the coastal foothills just south of Phillips Bay, the winter-chilled traveler will find Kringle Hill Inn. Established in 1820, the charming bed and breakfast has seen many visitors. By far, however, its most famous visitor arrived one stormy evening in 1823, where rumor has it that the Inn opened its doors to a jolly bearded man in a red suit who was driving a large sleigh pulled by, of all things, reindeer. The old man was chilled to the bone and was invited in for hot cider and a full Christmas Eve dinner. When asked his name, he simply replied “Kris.” After a couple of hours of warmth by the Inn’s great fireplace, he doffed his cap, tugged twice on his great white beard and quite simply disappeared. To this very day, Christmas visitors at Kringle Hill Inn claim that they occasionally hear the sound of sleigh bells and a hearty “Ho-ho-ho” carried on the chill of the winter’s wind.

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 Institution’s National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillips’ 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 Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Bill’s 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. Bill’s major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


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