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Phyllis Rapp

  Watercolor   Mixed Media    Sonoma County 

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I fell in love with watercolor in 1985 and since then it has been my main 'media' In 1991 I moved to Healdsburg, California with my husband and our then 3-year-old son. Healdsburg is a small community in Sonoma County's wine country. We lived there from 1991 to 2007. During that time, I was active in many art organizations, galleries and taught watercolor classes. When our youngest child graduated from high school and set out to attend college we decided to sell our house of fifteen years, buy a 53ft sailboat and find adventure. During that time not only did we experience great adventures but also we visited many exciting countries and made some very interesting friends.

I painted frequently on the boat. Many of my paintings that were created during that time were of distant shores and the people and animals that we encountered. I loved painting during that time because I didn't have to pant for a gallery or a demonstration. I could relax and pant for myself. Too my surprise my painting skills improved because of this freedom.

In June of 2010 we stopped sailing and reestablished our connections in Healdsburg. I still find it hard to convey a personal peeling and a private message to those who view my art. Most of my paintings are about 'pattern'. I love design, color, and texture. I try to incorporate these items in my paintings, along with my love of traveling and foreign cultures.


BFA San Francisco Academy of Art

Galleries and events


Oli Gallery >

Healdsburg Center for the Arts >

Resident Artist

Upstairs Art Gallery >

Co founder and gallery manager: 1997 - 2007

Art at the Source >
June 4 & 5 and June 11 & 12, 2011, 10am-5pm.  I will have my artwork at studio #16. Maps