A full time self taught painter for the last 20 years living in Cessnock in NSW, Philip is hugely infuenced by the ‘golden age’ of spanish still lifes.
More than 25 years ago I stumbled upon a book about the ‘Golden age of Spanish still life (1600-1650) and was immediately struck by the ageless quality, the directness of the image and the dramatic lighting. I am trying to infuse my own work with those same qualities using Australian flora, seasonal produce and a collection of rustic Spanish ceramics. I also like to use Western Australian Native flowers when I can for their unusual and spectacular blooms.
I want my paintings to be as much about the old world as the new, and to also be a window into my own life which is spent between both rural Australia and Spain.