Born and raised in the Kingston-Brockville corridor along the
St Lawrence River
Started painting with the late Mario Airomi in 1967 and never stopped
Started drawing much sooner probably around 1957
Trained at Queen's University as a nuclear physicist
Meteorologist for Environment Canada since 1976 specializing in severe weather
Operated a small farm complete with 100 year old barn, an orchard, a growing forest and a 1969 Massey Ferguson Tractor!
Horses and cattle come and go annually at the farm
An avid canoeist and naturalist
Apiarist (bee-keeper since 1994)
Active "birder" and bird house builder
Occasional writer for nature oriented magazines.
Artwork in many private and corporate collections
Several magazines and calendars have used Phil's art
Gallery shows across Canada
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Tour Speaker 2005-2006
Creative Scene Investigation (CSI) and Forensic Meteorology Presentations
Southampton Art School - 2006 International Lighthouse Conference Artist-in-Residence
2006 Singleton Lake Nature Preserve in the middle of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere
Prior to 1995 Phil's art was by necessity, mainly studio work that tended toward photographic realism. Phil concentrated on the handling of the brushes and the mixing of colours. Oil, charcoal, pen and ink and a very few water colours were the media in the early years. Post 1995, Phil's work has shifted toward a much looser impressionistic-realism style working almost exclusively in oils. The lessons learnt in the handling of colours still apply but the brushwork is not nearly as meticulous. Sometimes the edge of the brush is used to scrape paint on to the canvas. The subject matter has also shifted from portraits and structures to the "plein air" topics of landscapes, water and most importantly, weather. Phil still does portraits but even these are looser with lots more paint and bold brush strokes.
Phil now spends most of his art time painting outside in the weather en "Plein Air". He will still do a few studio pieces when the weather is especially nasty but that doesn't happen too often. As a result, his style has become increasingly loose. One has to concentrate on colour and shapes when the subject matter changes quickly in the natural world. There is no time for stifling detail and plus, "plein air" is "tons of fun". After all, for me art is more of a way of life than a product. My desire is simply to get better at it - both art and life.
Phil the Forecaster Chadwick