about / résumé

Philip Ramsey has been painting professionally since 1991. He began as a muralist in Virginia and North Carolina and then shifted his focus to the fine art of oil portraits and original oil paintings.Phil 2011

His style varies from representational to impressionistic with vibrant color and bold painted strokes. His goal for the viewer is to be caught up in memory and emotion.  

Private Collectors from the United States, Canada, Thailand, and  Malawi own commissioned pieces or Ramsey originals purchased from fine art galleries. Furthermore, Ramsey has conducted workshops and taught private lessons.

Ramsey studied informally under internationally renowned portrait artist, John de la Vega, focusing on fine oil portraits.  He is a member of Oil Painters of America and The Fellowship of Christians in Portraiture.

Ramsey and his wife, Shelley, reside in Blacksburg, VA and are parents to adult sons Joseph (1984-2002), Curt, and Wyatt.

Honors & Awards

  • Best in Show, Danville Juried Art League Exhibition, Danville, VA, Spring 2014
  • Solo Art Exhibit, Parsons-Bruce Art Association, South Boston, VA, Spring 2014
  • First Place, Danville Juried Art League Exhibition, Danville, VA, Fall 2012
  • Featured Artist, Artifacts Gallery, Lynchburg, VA, Fall 2011
  • Best in Show, South Hill Art Show, South Hill, VA , Fall 2010
  • Best in Show, Danville Juried Art League Exhibition, Danville, VA, Spring 2010

Group Shows

  • Moon River Magic Art Gala, South Boston, VA, Fall 2017
  • Danville Arts League, Danville, VA, Spring 2011
  • Halifax Wine Festival, Halifax, VA, Summer 2010
  • Danville Arts League, Danville, VA, Spring 2010
  • Roanoke Children’s Benefit, Roanoke, VA, Fall 2009
  • An Affair of the Arts, South Boston, VA, Fall 2009
  • An Affair of the Arts, South Boston, VA, Fall 2007
  • An Affair of the Arts, South Boston, VA, Fall 2005
  • Festival in the Park, Danville, VA, Spring 1995
  • Festival in the Park, Danville, VA, Spring 1994

One Man Shows

  • Featured Artist, Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA, Summer 2017
  • Featured Artist, Destination Gallery, South Boston, VA, Fall 2015
  • Featured Artist, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts, Southport, NC, Fall 2012
  • Father/Sons Featured Artists, Danvillian Gallery, Danville, VA, Summer 2012
  • Featured Artist, Artifacts Gallery, Lynchburg, VA, Fall 2011
  • Featured Artist, The Prizery, South Boston, VA, Spring 2008
  • Featured Artist, S&S Design, Danville, VA, Fall 2004

Juried Shows

  • Danville Juried Art League Exhibition, Danville, VA, Fall 2012
  • Fine Arts League of Cary – 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cary, NC, Fall 2011

Lectures & Demonstrations

  • Outdoor Painting demonstration, The Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, VA
  • Portrait Demonstration, SVHEC, South Boston, VA