Phyllis Vernon Painting


People are always surprised at the wide range of painting subjects and styles when they see an exhibit of my work  and inevitably ask ”How many artists are included here?”  For many years I painted a wide variety of subjects in watercolour: local country landscapes, sketches during our extensive world travels, studio paintings from photos and sketches, ocean wildlife and landscapes when I learned to dive.

I have always loved horses, and have ridden for many years, first in the hunter world and now in dressage.  My current beauty is a young  Hanoverian gelding named Jericho, and we are working with a professional coach.  Recently my passion for these animals led me to decide it was time to start painting them and I’m having great fun doing this in acrylics, graphite and multimedia.

I also enjoy doing Commissions and have completed many in a variety of media  ~graphite, watercolour, acrylic ~  ranging from clients’ ancestral homes abroad,  locations with personal significance and, of course, horses.

I’m presently painting a new series : local heritage barns.  These were generally built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and give us a an historical and cultural view of the small family farm.  A few have been renovated, repaired and repurposed but so many more have disappeared.  Those that remain stand derelict and rather sad, awaiting their turn with the bulldozer and subdivisions.  I photograph and paint them to perpetuate their memory.  No trace remains of the barns in some of my paintings and photographs.  Can I paint quickly enough to capture some of the ones that remain?

I hope you enjoy browsing this sample of my paintings ~ share your reflections with me, and if you are interested in purchasing, please email me at  

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Trotting in Texture

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Stone Bridge 1

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Len took several photos of this stunning member of the toucan family when we were in Belize in January.  Watch for more paintings of him ~ at the moment they’re still in my head.

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Bon Echo

This stunningly beautiful cliff has a walking trail along the top, and a provincial park nearby where you can camp and enjoy this special area.  It’s quite large (3′ x 2′) and was a commission.

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If you’ve travelled in the tropics you have certainly seen one or another version of these beautiful plants.  They are pollinated by hummingbirds, often specifically one hummingbird breed for specific kinds of heliconia.

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This little fellow didn’t want to cooperate to be painted, but I finally persuaded him to stand still and stay the same colour.

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This also is a commission filling the request for “a brown horse galloping across a field of wild flowers”.

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Lionfish are an invasive species that are destroying the reefs off Florida and the Caribbean.  They have voracious appetites and consume dozens of other fish in every feeding, thus drastically reducing fish populations and altering reef ecosystems.  They can lay up to 30,000 eggs every four days, and their venomous spines leave them with no known predators in Florida waters.  Divers spear as many as possible and they are apparently good to eat.  This is the only time I have ever known the title for a painting before I began it!

You can see some in the Toronto Aquarium.

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The Hambly House

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