Carl Phillips



Societies & associations:

Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists



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About the artist:

Carl loved to draw, and at the tender age of 8, he was asked by the teacher to paint a picture that would be shown on Songs of Praise. He continued to draw and sketch at secondary school but gave it all up when he left to go into engineering as a career.

He started life as an apprentice in the design engineering field. Whilst completing my apprenticeship,He spent most of the time working in the design office, eventually becoming the CAD & Network manager. Over the years, his skills have evolved into programming and application design, which included working for himself for 10 years – having customers such as BP, Hanson Group, Home Office, London Stock exchange and British Airways. In 1999, he decided to go back into full time employment (mainly to regain a social life) and worked for several companies before joining his present employer, with whom he joined in 2003.

In 2004, he was asked work from their Florida office, which he accepted.

During the next 18 months his interest in art was reignited, and he began attending evening painting classes at a local high school. He fell in love with watercolours and decided to join a plein-air painting group that would meet every Saturday morning in a local Florida park.

The art mentor was a retired artist who had exhibited in many of the New York galleries. He and Carl would venture out every Sunday morning to the same Florida park where we would sit and discuss art, whilst painting.

Gaining more confidence in his work, he joined several watercolour societies in the USA – including the Florida and American watercolor societies. Over the next 6 years, he exhibited in shows, including :-

American Watercolor Society – 2013

Florida Watercolor society – 2013, 2014

Goldcoast Watercolor society, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015

Gallery 21 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Broward County Town Hall – 20 of my paintings in a sole exhibit – 2013

In May 2016, he relocated back to Birmingham and began to settle back into to life in his “home town”. In September 2016, he decided to start a watercolour painting class at a local craft shop. It started off as a six week class just to see if there was any interest – but 18 months on, he is  still teaching the same group of people on a weekly basis. Teaching provides him with so much pleasure and he enjoys passing on the skills that I has learnt and watching people’s talents grow. There is no greater satisfaction for him, than to see a person join the group believing they can’t draw or paint and then help them to create wonderful paintings and achieve what they thought impossible.

In 2017, one of his paintings was published in the “Splash 17” watercolour book.