With artists on both sides of her family tree, it was inevitable that Candi Ayres Phillips would have art materials always at hand. She attended Kansas City Art Institute; years later she developed an original jewelry and wearable art line. Her creations were sold at stores on the Plaza and Crown Center in Kansas City and other shops on the Kansas side of the state line.
Her job description working for a church included graphic arts. She created a 3’ x 5’ paper mosaic for Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kansas. The mosaic image of the shepherd and two sheep were created from faces in the parish directory and school yearbook.
“Occasionally I’ve used die cut punches, metallic powders, brush markers and colored pencils. It amuses me to create little surprises within the piece; a still life with sunflowers and meadowlark had a “secret” grasshopper resting at the top of the vase,” she said.
Her paper mosaics have been shown at the St. Luke’s parish gallery, the Tim Murphy Gallery and various public areas throughout northeastern Kansas.