Grandfather Mountain by Phillip Philbeck
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Phillip Philbeck has created another spectacular image. The artist showcases all the beauty of the famous Grandfather Mountain in his home state of North Carolina. The mountain was given its name from a distant view in the landscape where it appears to form the profile of an old man lying on his side. Until 2008, the mountain was a privately-owned property and operated as a nature preserve. In 2008, the State of North Carolina purchased the property. Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. It is famous for its mile-high "swinging bridge" that gives visitors easy access, and a thrilling vista, to breathtaking views from the mountain's Linville Peak. The swinging bridge is aptly named for its tendency to sway in high winds.
In Philbeck's pastoral image, a gentle valley landscape nestles below magnificent Grandfather Mountain as it rises majestically at almost 6,000 feet above the peaceful scene to pierce the clouds that float through the sky. DF
About The Artist
North Carolina is the home of renowned landscape painter Phillip Philbeck.His subjects, mountains, rolling piedmont, and coastal views, hold great appeal with magnificent vistas, wide sandy shores, wonderful spring and fall foliage. Born in Washington, D.C., but a resident since very early childhood and presently living in rural Rutherford County, the artist enjoys the surroundings in which he grew up and is inspired to paint its farms, streams, ponds, coast or anything to which he feels an emotional attachment.Painting from his comfortable studio in his home, the artist only has to venture outside to find inspiration for his next landscape.
Philbeck’s canvases reveal his immense talent in a profusion of details, and he is especially known for the skies in his images."The sky sets the basic tone for my landscapes,” states the artist.Textures, shapes, and contrasts derived from many of nature’s wonders are painted in vibrant colors; with interesting juxtaposition, the artist bathes his scenes in a dramatic light and atmosphere.Although Philbeck very much admires realism, he has a tendency toward the romantic, emotional types of images such as the Hudson River School brought forth.
Growing up, the artist drew and painted whenever he could.With a heritage of an artistic and creative family, Philbeck’s father, who also painted, encouraged his son and nurtured the budding artist’s talents.Although basically self-taught, young Philbeck attended college where he was mentored by instructors who saw a passion and talent that they encouraged the artist to pursue.At the age of only 24, Philbeck began publishing limited edition prints, with many releases having sold out.
Philbeck has a natural attraction to familiar places and things.He recalls fondly exploring the wooded landscapes of neighboring hills and mountains of his childhood, and he puts these many memories on his canvases.The artist’s greatest enjoyment comes from knowing that viewers can relate to his paintings or be taken back to a time when nature was a new, awe-inspiring adventure.
When he is not painting, Philbeck enjoys constructing his own stretchers for his canvases and also possesses the talent to create frames for some of his paintings.The artist sometimes enjoys relaxing moments creating music with his guitar.
Join Phillip Philbeck in appreciating all that nature offers.Come to the mountains and piedmont and enjoy the spring and the fall. Take in the glorious coastlines. And all other times when the landscape blooms anew or when the fall colors take your breath away or the smell the salt air brought by gentle breezes from the ocean.Take in the beautiful landscapes created by this very talented artist.