Philip studied photography at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art.
On graduation he took up a post in London as creative director of a company pioneering the new media revolution of the 80s and 90s. After a successful career in developing educational software for schools and retail, Philip turned back to photography in 2000.
His photography has been published in many garden magazines and books and has served as a committee member of the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association.
Exhibitions he has been involved in include ‘New Views’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ‘Private Places’ at the Geffrye Museum. His forthcoming exhibition ‘Garden Light’ will be held at the Garden House, Yelverton, in April 2019.
He founded ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ in 2006 and maintains his career in professional photography and workshops from his family home in East Devon.
“Having worked in editorial photography for many years I am in a position now to be able to develop my own style at my own speed. But whatever I do in photography I always come back to plants as they are an inexhaustible subject, with infinite variety of shape, mood, colour and texture. I don’t have to search for subjects; plants are everywhere and always offer inspiration to the artist. Gardens are where people and nature meet in harmony with each other – and that spirit needs to be celebrated.”
I call myself a “Jack of all Trades” as I love all forms of creative expression.
Subject matter is varied, depending on what catches my eye. I enjoy pen and wash when sketching outdoors and experimenting with mixed media in my paintings. Having always had an interest in design and calligraphy, I like also to explore the use of artistic skills in conjunction with lettering.
Over the last few years I have developed a love of both acrylic and watercolour painting, with a fondness for defined shape and dark lines. As well as capturing the essence of Lyme Regis where I live, much of my work reflects the time I spend in Italy, exploring the nature of the mountains in the winter and summer seasons. I am a member of the Exeter Urban Sketchers group, and always take my sketching kit with me when I travel, enjoying sketching outdoors whenever the weather allows.
Caroline graduated from Bournemouth University in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Art and Design, she began working in her chosen medium of anodised aluminium in 2007. Caroline hand prints with her own unique designs cut into small printing blocks using a lino cutter. She then dyes using industrial dyes and powder paints to vibrant effect to create a range of jewellery, home and garden accents and sculpture.
Caroline is constantly inspired by the beautiful Dorset Countryside, its flora, fauna, insects and animals. Recently she has been developing a brand new range of jewellery using domed segments of her anodised aluminium, she is planning to develop this further and will be including additions such as semi precious stones as well as having some of the pieces flocked to vary the textures within the work.
People, bright colours and light are what excite me most about painting. I like to paint in oil and acrylics and also enjoy experimenting with mixed media.
I am lucky enough to have a studio in an idyllic rural setting near Sidbury. Visitors are welcome but best to ring or email in advance for directions. I usually have a good range of original paintings, prints and cards on display.
Having left art college at the end of the sixties, I have worked continuously as an independent graphic designer and art director, producing creative solutions for a diverse range of corporate and art-based organisations. Throughout this work, photography has been a major component of my work, whether created personally or in collaboration with photographic professionals.
Since 2010 photography and its creative possibilities have become my first priority and my output has been a combination of commissioned and personal work. Moving to near Lyme Regis in 2013, I set up a new studio and now pursue the development of pure photography and its potential as part of my graphic artwork.
Inspiration comes from many directions. My work includes landscape, reportage and portraiture, and features traditional and abstract concepts.
I joined TMAG in 2016 and take part in its regular exhibitions as well as occasionally showing work at my studio in Rousdon.