Phil has always been an artist. His artworks are depictions of personal experiences. They hang in many private and corporate collections around the world. Several magazines and calendars have used his work. All of Phil's work is included in the "Chadwick Art House CD" from the first day of study with Mario Airomi, a famous Italian/Canadian artist, right up to the present. Trends in style, subject matter and technique are all included with nothing is left out. Most of Phil's work is now "en plein air" although he still does some studio and portrait work.
An avid canoeist, Phil believes that a fully equipped paradise needs only a quiet back lake, a canoe, art supplies and a fishing rod. Born in the Thousand Island Region of Ontario, Phil has traveled the width and breadth of Canada before settling in southern Ontario with his family. He and his family continue to find little pieces of paradise everywhere in Canada!
Born in Sault Saint Marie Ont. 25th of September 1969, that's where it all started for me.
My parents, Scottish immigrants, moved around a bit until we ended up in Orillia Ontario where I grew up with a brother and two sisters. By then I was dreaming and drawing.
Wildlife was my passion at the time, if I wasn't drawing the animals in and around the bush and swamps of Orillia I was trying to catch them. By the time I hit high school if I could see it I could copy it and I just left it at that. So after a few years I decided to do something with the gift I was given. I took a Graphic Design courses at the local community college, and as well a couple of smaller art classes I had a better understanding of art and design.
Then it was about the search from within, what am I doing? Why am I doing it? And what does it look like? I don't know. My art changes and grows as I do. It's a on going exploration and I just try to keep up.
I think that I am influenced by all Artists and art itself. Abstract landscape and fantasy are my primary interests, but through commissions I have gained knowledge on all kinds of subjects and styles. So for me art is schooling for life. What will my next painting or drawing be, and what will I learn from it. I hope my art will be enjoyed for the sake of art and maybe even mean something.