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. Inspired by the instructors at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Starke changed course from advertising and developed a passion for oil painting. Upon graduation, Starke decided to plunge into the profession of fine art. From the Midwest, West and Southwest, he has continued to be inspired by each season’s and region’s unique color palette and landscape. From landscape to figures, and plein-air to studio painting, Starke continues to find inspiration in his work. Choosing to share this passion and inspire others, he also teaches workshops, helping others develop their own individual talent.