Philip Sidney Field received his M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1965 and has been a member of the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley Painting Faculty for over 40 years. Among his vast accomplishments, he has exhibited in Japan, Vienna, NYC, and Houston and has been instrumental in cultivating a generation of successful figure painters in the Rio Grande Valley.
Philip Sidney Field was one of my painting professors when I entered college at the University of Texas – Pan American in the Fall of 1991. From the moment he first walked into that Painting I class till my graduation in the Fall of 1996 (and during my one year of grad school beyond that) he would forever be my favorite professor.
It wasn’t just the knowledge that I would glean from him over those years (and he had a lot of it to share… theories in color and composition, technique… so much to impart!) but more than that he was the one to “give me permission” to be the artist I would become.
No one necessarily NEEDS permission to draw or paint what they like, but I was subconsciously handicapping myself in his painting class until the day I decided to paint a more cartoony canvas. The flood of praise, insight and direction that burst forth jubilantly from this usually silent character gave me all the impetus I needed. I was on my way.