Alaska based painter Tammy Phillips uses watercolors to capture the daily lives of people she encounters on her travels. Having visited many countries including China, Italy, Mexico, France, and Scotland, Phillips seeks to capture the mood of a place via real and imagined stories about the people who inhabit them. Her street scenes often combine the beauty of a cityscape with the mystery of silhouetted figures, transforming the ordinary world into something extraordinary when seen through curious eyes.
The Pilgrimage is a soft snapshot of city life. Painting with a wet on wet technique, Phillips mixes her colors on the paper, providing the work a sense of immediacy. Careful attention to light, shadow, composition, and movement evokes the feeling that the scene is a timeless depiction of a transitory moment.