Born in England, Philip has been living in Ireland since 1966. He studied architecture in London at a time when graphic skills were considered an important part of the design process and, following graduation, went to the U.S.A. to study landscape architecture and in the process to appreciate in a special way the natural and man made origins of the landscapes we appreciate so much today.
He worked in private practice in both these disciplines until his retirement in 2010.
He commenced regular leisure painting in 1990 and in each of the subsequent years has undertaken art classes in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and with Tom Roche (DPSC member) within the Park Art Group of which he is now an active committee member.
He works principally in the traditional, water based mediums of watercolour, gouache and pen and wash. His primary inspiration comes from exploring the textures, colours and angular shapes of urban, architectural scenes or the juxtaposition of built forms within their landscape setting.
He admires particularly the expressive watercolour skills of such artist as John Singer Sargent, Edward Seago, Jack Merriot, Russell Flint and Trevor Chamberlain but in his recent work he is striving to exploit the greater tonal range of both transparent and opaque washes afforded by gouache paints.