Philip is a self taught artist who works in oil, watercolour, drypoint and monotype. He enjoys skiing and tramping and his forays into the mountains are an increasing source of inspiration along with life studies, painting trips overseas and his immediate environment in Christchurch including the beaches, the city and plains. He enjoys working with colour and light, especially with low winter and evening light which create deep shadows and strong highlights.


1959                  born in Christchurch.

1978 - 81         attended  Universities of Canterbury and  Auckland studying Architecture and                               Commerce.

1983 - 89         owned and operated ski bus and shop at Ohau Ski Area.

1985                first use of watercolour with the Mackenzie Country as inspiration.

1986                completed screenprinting course at Christchurch Polytech and started screenprinting                     South Island images.

1986 - 87         travelled and painted in UK and Europe (OE with mandatory VW Campervan).

1989                attended life drawing course, set up first studio.

1992                travelled and painted through Canada, US, South America, France and Spain.

1993                started painting in acrylic and oils and exhibiting in group shows, joined a regular life                   drawing group and became a full-time artist.

1995                completed Christchurch Polytech etching course and developed skills in monotype                        and drypoint technique.

1996                travelled and painted through France and Switzerland with partner and 5 month old                       daughter.

1997                Merit Awards at Malvern Community Art and  Ashburton Art Society Exhibitions.

1998                1st major solo exhibition.

1999                travelled and painted through France and Italy.Members Choice Award COCA                              Christchurch.

2001                Ashburton Society of Arts Premier Art Award.

2001 - 06         annual exhibitions at amongst others Millwood Gallery (Wellington) and Little

                        River Gallery (Canterbury).

2006                Ashburton Society of Arts Trust Power Award