Meet Vermont Artist Phyllis Chase

Phyllis Chase lives and works in Maple Corner, Calais, Vermont. That is, of course, when she isn't traveling and painting.

Shortly after graduating from Smith College in 1973, she began to hand- silkscreen her own artwork on fabric, mostly T Shirts, in Hanover, New Hampshire, and then in San Diego, California. In 1982, she returned to New England and settled in Maple Corner, a picturesque Vermont hamlet just north of Montpelier.

  • Phyllis Silkscreening

Here she began her very successful business, Maiden Vermont T Shirts, which she still operates today. Although her unique and popular hand silkscreened T Shirts are not available from this web site, you may view selected favorites here, and purchase them from retailers across Vermont. You may even purchase them from the artist herself at a number of Vermont Fine Arts and Crafts Fairs. Contact Phyllis for wholesale and retail information about these shirts.

  • Phyllis Outside, Painting

In 1994, Phyllis began to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a plein air oil painter. She writes, "I first became aware of the desire to paint as a very young child, fascinated by birds, drawn to John James Audubon, completely captivated by the idea of being outside and painting what I saw and experienced. Artists have always been my heroes. As I grew older, I fell in love with the French and American Impressionists because of that same resonance of excitement of being outside and in the light."

In 1997, Phyllis's paintings of the Vermont Landscape were exhibited in the Vermont Statehouse.

Today, Phyllis Chase is well-known throughout Vermont for her colorful and evocative landscapes and silkscreens. In addition to being widely exhibited in Vermont, her work has also been exhibited in Dublin, Ireland; in metropolitan Boston; in Boulder, Colorado; in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and most recently, in California. In 2002, in an exciting departure for the plein air painter, Chase began to paint still lifes and interiors. "It was just so cold, and for so long, that winter, that I retreated to my barn Studio/Gallery to paint still lifes, using the Nicholas Mosse pottery I had discovered in Ireland.

The response to these paintings was so positive that I then had the idea to paint, on location, interior landscapes,with my favorite things as subjects: conversations, books, wine.. I have the idea that I would like to portray, in an intimate and romantic way , how we live ( as Vermeer , for instance, recorded what Dutch interiors looked like in his lifetime) as well as the landscapes and cityscapes we live in."

  • Phyllis Chase, McIntyre's Barn

Finally, Phyllis has this to say. "I have been fortunate to have studied art at Smith College, and at the Art Students League in New York City, but for the most part, I am self taught and strive to add my own voice to the expression of joy and wonder at how beautiful our world can be. It is hard to put into words what painting is for me. It is the most engaging, transporting, fulfilling thing that I do. I think it has to do with a deep desire to fully experience life - inside and out !!