Phil 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. Inspired by the instructors at the Academy, Starke changed course from his aim at the advertising world and developed a passion for oil painting. It was upon graduation from the American Academy of Art that he decided to plunge into the profession of fine art. From the Midwest, West, and Southwest, Phil has continued to be inspired. Each season and each region has its own color palette and unique landscape. From landscape to figures, and plein-air to studio painting Phil continues to find inspiration in his work. Choosing to share this passion and inspire others, Phil also teaches workshops, helping others develop their own individual talent.
Starke has been painting professionally since his graduation from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. He has prestigious gallery representation and has been teaching classes and workshops around the country for over 20 years. He participates in numerous exhibitions and gallery shows annually. He has also published 2 books: “Small Works-Landscapes” and “The Plein Air Tip Guide.”