75th Anniversary Commemorative Painting
Murray Phillips created this special painting, showcasing the iconic Three Brothers ridge viewed from the Alpine Meadows to commemorate the 75th anniversary of EC Manning Park. Murray has generously donated this painting to Manning Park to hang in perpetuity and inspire park visitors.
“Manning Park has a special place in my heart because my father served as a volunteer naturalist there and showed some of the summer slide shows many years ago. It is a stunningly beautiful park that is sometimes overlooked by people on the coast. It is one of my favourite places and part of my summer has been spent painting on location there. “
Murray also held a Painting Workshop here and endeavours to plan more in the future.
The prints are available for purchase in the Country Store starting July 16th, with textured high quality art prints of the commemorative painting and also giclée canvas prints of the original painting.
Profits from the sale of the prints go towards Manning Park’s interpretive programs that are scheduled 7 days a week in the summer.
About the Artist:
Murray Phillips is a readily recognizable and well-known Canadian artist. With a long beard and hair, and comfortable attire, he is quiet and thoughtful by nature.
Although he has been painting for almost 45 years, much of Murray’s life has been lived in the halls of academia where he holds graduate degrees in Theology and Cultural Anthropology. For over 20 years, he taught in a variety of colleges and universities. His interests are many, including classical guitar and sailing, but an abiding love has been his desire to paint.
“There is an intense urgency to paint, as if something important needs to be said, and I can only say it with brush and canvas.”
Murray has a strong desire to express the spiritual in his paintings. The primary focus of his work is the Canadian Wilderness, particularly the West. He spends several months each year camping in isolated areas. He paints relatively large canvases on location travelling to several locations in a day and returning in the following days to the site at the same time to capture the same light. He may work on one canvas for several weeks. Murray’s paintings reflect his love for nature.
“ I feel most at home in the wilderness where I spend several months each year. I have a variety of studios, but my favourites are my canoe, sailboat or my tent trailer, which enable me to transport my studio to the painting site.”
Murray is a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation, which includes 500 members from around the world. Their mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature.
Murray is a well-travelled artist who makes his home in Langley, B.C.