#paintingpaul Day 5-Monday

Chances are great you have been greeted by senior security guard Paul Phillips when visiting Cameron Art Museum. His friendly face and watchful presence have been a mainstay at the front doors since they first opened in 2002.

CAM wishes to honor Paul - his dedication to the museum, his family and community and his strong allegiance to the USA as a retired Navy veteran. Paul will sit for a portrait in oil painted by Museum School instructor and figurative / portrait artist, Tatyana Kulida. This is a very special focus taking place within the month of January, 2017, as Tatyana will then return to her home in New Zealand. More than Paul's image will be revealed on canvas. The experience will be infused with his dynamic life stories to include service as a rescue swimmer and bomb deactivator on the US Carrier Independence, as well as his service on the Battleship USS North Carolina.

You are invited to observe!

Painting Paul is a live portrait demonstration and a public event, allowing visitors to watch the process of sight size portraiture from start to finish. Come back here for schedule and stop by CAM regularly to check in on progress. Won't you consider a contribution to the acquisition of this original artwork for CAM's permanent collection? Contribute a gift of $20 or more for the acquisition of this portrait of Wilmington's own Paul Phillips

  • Friday, Jan 13th, 12:00-3:00 (public viewing & streaming)
  • Saturday, Jan 14th, 8:30-12:00 (streaming 3.5 hrs; public viewing 10-12 only)
  • Monday, Jan 16th, 8:30-12:00 (Museum closed; online streaming viewing only)
  • Saturday, Jan 21st, 8:30–11:30 (10am – 11:30am public)
  • Monday, Jan 23rd, 8:30–Noon (Museum closed; online streaming viewing only)
  • Saturday, Jan 28th, 8:30-12:00 (streaming 3.5hrs; public 10-12 only), prize lunch in café 12:30


Paul Phillips was born on August 14, 1927 in Rockingham, NC. He has spent a life time guarding and protecting the security of his community. He served the country as a rescue diver and explosive ordinance disposal specialist in the US Navy from 1945 – 1966. He later served on the USS NC until its inactivation in 1946. Upon discharge, he worked with the Charleston, SC Police Dept. before being recruited to Sunny Point Security where he was a hazardous material handling specialist from 1968 – 1988. He made his way to Cameron Art Museum by way of Regent Security and is currently the only staff security guard to have been greeting guests since the first day in 2002.

Paul and his wife of 58 years, Evonne Phillips, have called Leland, NC home for nearly 50 years. Paul's children James, David and Betsy, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren are never too far away.

Tatyana Kulida is a figurative and portrait artist with a lifelong passion for the arts. She has received her B.A. in Studio Arts in 2003 from the Queens University of Charlotte and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Winthrop University, SC, USA. During and after her studies, Tatyana was drawn to portraiture and figurative work. She turned to the study of drawing and painting in classical tradition in Italy, at the Florence Academy of Art, a world-known school providing professional training for a realist painter where training is rooted in study from nature, understanding the pictorial language of light and form and extensive training of the eye. Tatyana graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in 2013 and completed her 4th (year) prize in 2014. She taught at the Florence Academy for two years before she moved her family to Wellington, New Zealand. She now splits her time between New Zealand and Wilmington, NC where she paints personal and commissioned work as well as teaches drawing and painting. Tatyana owns and runs Anthesis Atelier, her studio gallery in the heart of Wellington where her art can meet the public at monthly openings when she shares her latest work. Tatyana is a prizewinner of the ARC scholarship and the John F. and Ann Lee Stacey Scholarship; recently she received a 2015 Philip De Lazslow Prize for Classical Draftsmanship at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition in London, UK. Her work is in private collections in the UK, USA, Europe, New Zealand and in the Contemporary Collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.