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Canby artist Phil Sargent has 15 paintings on display at the Canby Public Library

One of Phil Sargent's works at the Canby Public Library.

During December and January the Canby Public Library will showcase the works of longtime Canby resident, Phil Sargent.

There will be 15 paintings, some original oils and some prints of the originals on display. The paintings highlight the beauty of our natural world and include seascapes, mountain ranges, waterfalls, flowers, and a handful of stunning golf courses, the artist's other passion.

Sargent began drawing and sketching as a child, encouraged by an artistic aunt, but never received any formal training. An engineer by trade, but with an artist's eye, he continued to teach himself and eventually branched into oil painting.

"I completed a couple of paintings back in the '70s, including my wife's favorite seascape, but the busyness of career, family and golf eventually took priority and forced me to lay down the brushes and focus on living that life," said Sargent. "Thirty years later I was diagnosed with colon cancer and the multiple surgeries, hospital stays, and chemotherapy kept me pretty inactive for a whole year. At the encouragement of my daughter I dusted off the brushes and started to paint again. Thanks to God, great doctors and nurses, I have been cancer free for nine years plus and have finished more than 60 oil paintings."

His love for golf over the years has prompted him to paint signature holes of famous golf courses, some he has played and some he has not -- Augusta National, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Chambers Bay.

"My favorite golf picture is of Willamette Country Club's signature hole No. 16, which I was commissioned to paint about three years ago," he said. "The original oil, 48" by 72", is located in the downstairs lounge of the club. The course is right here in Canby and No. 16 was voted the third most favorite hole of all golf courses in Oregon. If you haven't seen the beauty of this golf course you owe it to yourself to check it out."

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