Rainier, Oregon


Phil Fake

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Phil Fake


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Thank you for visiting my gallery.

You can see in many of the subjects of my paintings that the twists and turns of my life are intertwined with the river. There's stuff along the voyage about living aboard a WWII Navy boat for many years, said Navy boat capsizing, opening a gallery, a son named Sailor. . . Art and the river have brought me where I am today, living my best life in a little studio, near a big river, where I'm able to paint the visual stories I see, and share those stories with you.

I hope you find something in this space that will inspire you, give you something to chat about with friends, and that will bring you enjoyment throughout your day.

Best wishes,

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Last updated on Nov 15, 2021
Frequently asked questions
What's up with your last name? Is it real?

I am a real Fake.

Do you use a camera in making your art?

No. Most of my art is created plein air.

What is plein air?

Pein air means the artist is on site, painting what they see, without the aid of a photograph. Modern artists will sometimes combine plein air painting with studio work. In this case they would start the painting at the site, getting most of the key elements and 'feel' onto the canvas before moving indoors to complete details with the aid of photographs.

Do always paint plein air?

I enjoy setting my easel up in a scene and painting plein-air as often as possible. Yet, there have been a few times where circumstances have forced me to complete a painting in the studio.

Why do you like plein-air painting so much?

I enjoy setting my easel up in the scene, feeling it, interacting with it. I want to talk with the people that are part of the scene, that are a part of creating the feel that made me stop and set up my easel in that spot.
Photographs flatten images. Therefore, the painting of a photograph feels flat.
Paintings that have been painted plein-air are robust. They have a multi-dimensional feel. Plein-air paintings hold the experiences of the artist out there, in the world, sharing a moment with the viewer.