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Phil Starke became interested in art as a child living in Europe (Germany), where he had the opportunity to enjoy the great masters in the museums of Italy and Germany. Committed to traditional painting styles, Phil Starke studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Central Missouri State University over seven years.
Travel has allowed Starke to stay fresh, preferring to paint en plein air, in a style of realistic impressionism of landscapes and figures, with many of them being of southwest subjects, and he also does numerous mural commissions.
He spent much of his life in Kansas City, Missouri, and in the 1990s, he and his wife Shari moved from Kansas City to Tucson, AZ because he was attracted to the passion for the arts that he found in the Southwest.
Born in 1957, Phil Starke began to show an interest in art from the time he lived in Germany as a young boy while his father was in the military. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and immediately upon graduation decided to plunge into the profession of fine art.
Early on his interest took him to many parts of the West and Southwest, where he soon grew to love the culture, history and the landscape. "The goal is to paint so the viewer can appreciate the beauty of the scene and "see" it through the artist's eyes," says Starke. Phil feels this is a way of connecting with a busy public -- a public that may not take the time to stop and realize the beauty around them. "If I've done my job right, anyone looking at my work will be able to feel the emotion and mood of the moment and will want to spend some time with the piece -- taking in all the things I had to say."
The following is from the artist:
The American Artists Professional League, NY, NY
Knickerbocker Artists, NY, NY
Pastel Society of America, Inc., NY, NY
Arts For the Parks, Jackson Hole, WY
Berger Sandzen Museum, Lindsborg, KS
Plein-Air Tucson, Tucson, AZ
The Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Settlers West American Miniatures Show, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Plein Air Painters Society
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association