As an Illustrator, Phil initially focused on children’s book commissions, producing artwork for poetry anthologies and fictional texts to be used within the primary school curriculum and alongside his practice built up extensive teaching experience across a range of Art & Design courses.
Since joining Plymouth College of Art in 2008, Phil has committed to his role in helping to shape and develop the identity and curriculum of the Illustration degree programmes. Specialist interests in Independent Publishing have been explored under the banner of Pylon Press. A support structure for the transmission of creative energy, Pylon Press is designed to enrich the HE Illustration programmes at Plymouth College of Art, providing opportunities to produce artwork for publications and associated products in a supportive, nurturing and curriculum embedded context, encouraging collaboration with students, lecturers and industry links.
Current personal practice explores themes relating to nostalgia; an attempt to reconstruct something that he ‘probably never even experienced in the first place’.