Phil Beck began his career as a successful illustrator in Chicago after attending the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago. A colorist with a painterly style who stresses harmony in his artwork, he is a versatile artist who specializes in figurative work. Phils love for animals is apparent in his work, and animals appear in most of his paintings as he brings them to life on canvas. Phils predominant medium is oil, but he is also known for speed and accuracy in his beautiful drawings. Phil has taught workshops around the country where his talents are sought after as an instructor and lecturer. His paintings have garnered numerous awards and hang in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Phil has been honored with the highest awards presented in several different museum shows, including Gold Medal in oil, Best in Show, Artists Choice Award, and the Prestigious Goodman Award for best oil painting in show. Most recently, Phil was honored with the museum purchase award at Cheyennes Old West Museum and his painting Cowboy School was selected for the limited print for 2009. He has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, and Western Horseman magazines, as well as several other publications. Phil is a participant in several shows including the Mountain Oyster Club, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Show, and Phippen Museum Western Show. He paints full time in his studio, not far from the desert he loves. His passion for painting is never ending, and it is truly that, a passion.