Philip was a pupil at St George’s, Harpenden, England. There he was fortunate to have had a great art teacher who set him on his way, he taught Philip to start exploring the intellectual elements in painting.
Philip went to art schools at St Albans and Liverpool, where he obtained his degree. At Foundation course he had two inspirational tutors, one taught him to question, the other the passion. At his degree course his tutor thought he had no talent – this was a challenge and taught Philip the anger needed to survive.
After four years at art school Philip was anxious to get out and paint in the real world away from the apathy of art students, so he rejected the idea of a post-graduate course. Instead he worked on a series of large landscapes in London for two years.
Philip returned to St Albans Art School to teach life drawing for three years.
In 1979 Philip moved to Italy to paint full time, working on landscapes and trying to learn about light and colour.
In 1997 Philip moved to Northern Spain to work from a different landscape. He also developed still life further, which Philip has always considered an intense & controllable discipline.
In 2013 Philip sold the house & studio in Catalonia and in 2015 started to build a studio in Southern France. Philip also works in his studio in Kent.