Phil Starke Morning Shadows, Shoshone River cowboy horses stream mountains western oil painting

Phil Starke biography:

Phil Starke grew up in a military family where he spent several years in Europe and was influenced by the museums and art work he was exposed to. He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied figure painting and landscape painting.
 After art school he moved to the mid-west where he honed his painting skills on the farms and backroads of Missouri and Kansas, gaining a better understanding of composition and suggested light. In 2000, Phil and his family moved to Tucson, Arizona. The southwest, with its vast resources of subject matter, is a great inspiration for his work. Phil takes several painting trips a year throughout the southwest painting mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, but also in Wyoming, Colorado and California. These trips are geared towards painting outside and gathering photographic reference.  Aside from the pure joy and excitement of painting his surroundings, Phil’s goal in painting is to try and reflect some of Gods glory in his creation. 
Phil teaches workshops around the country and for Scottsdale Artists School and the Tucson Art Academy.


Available paintings:

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Phil Starke Goat Farm San Patricio New Mexico ranch building architecture western oil painting

“Goat Farm – San Patricio, New Mexico”
Phil Starke
Oil   9″ x 12″

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Phil Starke Morning Shadows, Shoshone River cowboy horses stream mountains western oil painting

“Morning Shadows, Shoshone River”
Phil Starke
Oil   26″ x 36″

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Phil Starke Pusch Ridge western landscape oil painting

“Pusch Ridge”
Phil Starke
Oil   16″ x 20″

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Select Awards:

  • Greg McHuron Memorial Award – RMPAP Plein Air For The Park 2014
  • Honorable Mention – Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Spring 2013
  • 2008 Featured Artist – Mountain Oyster Club Art Show – 2008
  • 2003 Collection Purchase Award – Mountain Oyster Club Art Show – 2003
  • Second Place – Wild West Art Show, Scottsdale, AZ – 2006
  • Top 100 Award of Excellence – Arts For The Parks Competition 2002 thru 2004, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Honorable Mention – Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA – 2001
  • Judges Favorite – Plein-Air Tucson 2000 – Tucson, AZ
  • Judges Favorite – Plein-Air Tucson 1999 – Tucson, AZ
  • First Place – Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Show, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Winner’s Exhibition – American Artists Magazine, Denver, CO
  • Patron Purchase Award – International Exhibit for Pastels, Wichita, KS
  • Patron Purchase Award – National Small Oil Exhibit, Wichita, KS
  • Finalist Winner – The Artist’s Magazine 1999 Art Competition


Sold paintings:

Phil Starke Oklahoma Autumn landscape western oil painting“Oklahoma Autumn”
Phil Starke
Oil   8″ x 12″



Phil Starke Santa Catalina Sunset desert landscape Tucson Arizona cowboy white horse western oil painting sold

“Santa Catalina Sunset”
Phil Starke
Oil   11″ x 14″



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