Philip is known for his landscapes often of the West coast that celebrate it’s rugged shorelines, dramatic seascapes and ever changing skies. Inspired particularly by Barra, Islay, Jura and Arran, he seeks locations that are isolated and natural. “I tend to paint very private places for the viewer to own and enjoy; no people, no houses, no telegraph poles – no signs of man’s imposition on the landscape, just the driftwood of an ebb tide and silence – broken only by lapping water and gulls ascending”. He creates immersive pieces which delicately capture the textures and moods of his surroundings.
Previously known to many in Glasgow as the proprietor of The Inn on the Green, a celebrated Jazz restaurant, through which he ran art exhibitions, Philip returned to his love of painting 30 years after studying at Glasgow School of art. Now painting full time from his studio in Lanarkshire, he is a renowned Scottish artist with an ever-growing following.