Select any painting below to learn more about its subject and making, where it’s installed on the island’s campus, and the GPS coordinates of the scene depicted. Click here to read about the origin of the collection.
|LSSI’s nature is dynamic. Many sites Philip painted have changed substantially over the years. Use this interactive Google map to help navigate to as many as 55 of them, including the paintings listed here and also those from his book The Wild Treasury of Nature.|
In April 2011, Philip first visited Little St Simons Island at the invitation of Wendy Paulson to speak about his exhibit of oil paintings, The Southern Frontier, then on view at the Telfair Museum in Savannah. The Paulsons invited Philip to paint the island’s landscapes, and over the next five years he returned many times with both camera and field painting equipment to explore LSSI’s dunes, marshes, and maritime forests. The resulting series of 45 field paintings and 20 larger studio works offered a broad, yet in-depth, view of one of the most ecologically intact barrier islands on the East Coast. The work also offered a unique artistic opportunity for conservation outreach. Philip put together a new exhibition, The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St Simons Island. It was shown at the Morris Museum in Augusta and at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art near Atlanta in 2016 and the corresponding book was published by the University of Georgia Press. It and Philip’s other books are available in the gift shop.
Since 2016, Philip has continued to visit and paint the island, adding to a collection of over 130 Little St. Simons images he’s completed (view a list here). Many of the most compelling pieces were purchased for the island, and more than 20 of them are on view in the lodge or in guest accommodations. They are listed above with links to detailed information about each work. That information can also be found in a booklet in the lodge.