Phil has been painting since Junior High school in New York, but only in the past fifteen years has he developed a practice of painting on glass. He was doing mostly portraits of Second Life avatars and some of real life characters. and in the summer of 2014, he started experimenting with various types of splatter painting as two eye operations have made detailed work much harder. Now he does a combination of Impressionistic painting on glass and acrylic abstracts on textured canvases.
He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 50 years and loves the flat peacefulness and constant change of the Midwest. He is most grateful for his two great kids and his wonderful wife Mary and her three daughters. Besides painting, Phil has also played in bands doing original music, performed in over 50 theatrical productions, written dozens of reviews and articles about music, art, and theatre and managed a music store for over 33 years before the crash of the music industry. He then managed two theatres and an auditorium for the University of Illinois and painted whenever he had free time. He retired in December 2016. and now does whatever he wants to (or whatever Mary tells him to do).
Images provided by Phil Strang.