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I think of my photography as "what is". I see a scene that has something special about it, a uniqueness or beauty that asks to be captured and shared. I can feel when a picture is right, and it translates well to the film.

I see my paintings as "what could be". They are my interpretations of images I have dreamed, imagined or seen. Although not always apparent, my paintings are influenced by my favorite artists Van Gogh and R. C. Gorman.

- Phyllis Chavez

Chavez is a self-taught artist and photographer. She was born in Santa Monica, California. She is a member of the PACIFIC ART GUILD, Los Angeles, California and the BERKELEY ART CENTER, Berkeley, California.
  • Paintings and photographs. Three month exhibit - Starbucks, Main Street, Santa Monica, California.
  • "Rumba", Christmas Show - Santa Monica, California.
  • Topanga Canyon Gallery, National Juried Open - Topanga Canyon, California.
  • Berkeley Art Center Member's Showcase - Berkeley, California.
  • "West Fest" - Los Angeles, California.
  • "Feed the Body, Feed the Soul" - Fitton Center For The Creative Arts and Shared Harvest Food Bank, Hamilton Ohio.
  • "Lights! Camera! Habitat!" - Habitat For Humanity, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California.
  • "There is No Place Like Home" - Habitat For Humanity, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California.
  • Pacific Art Guild Juried Spring Show - Los Angeles, California. Four paintings entered, won awards for three.
  • Long Beach Arts National Juried Show - Long Beach, California.
  • Northern California Arts International Juried Show, "Bold Expressions" - Carmichael, California. Selected from 704 entries.