About the Artist
Born in Clovis, New Mexico and growing up in the Southwestern United States had a major influence on Phil's photography and art appreciation. The wide-open spaces, large sky’s, cultural diversity all played a part in his view of life and the development of an independent spirit. His father was a career Air Force officer until finally accepting a private-sector job in Omaha, Nebraska. Phil finished high school in Omaha and then began his studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Soon after entering college his parents returned to the Southwest and New Mexico.
He received an undergraduate degree in art education and a Master’s degree in art from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. As a graduate assistant at the Sheldon Art Museum, he was offered the position of the acting assistant director while, John Nelson, the assistant director was on a one-year sabbatical. Phil was under the tutelage of Norman Geske the first director of the Sheldon. Norman’s strong personality and opinions had a positive influence on Phil's appreciation of art. In working his way through undergraduate and graduate school he had many jobs from teaching art at the community college level to day laborer to a unionized laborer.
“All people are the same. You are confronted with an issue and how you go about solving the issue, whether it’s with paint or a camera."
On graduation at the masters level, Phil took a temporary consulting position in Mason City, Iowa developing a continuing education program for six area hospitals. While in Iowa he was able to pursue an independent business as an entrepreneur. He developed a publishing company specializing in medical continuing education materials. Today he is CEO of Perry Reid Properties which develops, owns and manages apartment complexes across nine states. Throughout his business career, he never lost sight of photography. Taking his camera with him wherever he traveled. He particularly enjoyed photographing the farmland and scenery of Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.
He found the Cuban people wanted to have their picture taken and always provided an interesting story. The people and their stories were intriguing. The "of the moment" photographs told their own story. He photographed the very poor of Guatemala for an international organization named Constru Casa and the work they did. In Myanmar, he photographed landscapes and people at local market places in difficult to reach villages. Many of the Burmese people had never seen a photo displayed on the LCD of a camera. In Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico most of the people were friendly and had a generous manner which encouraged his desire to continue traveling, meeting new friends and making photographs.
Today his primary interest remains in journalistic and fine arts photography. Given his first box camera at age 8 and first SLR, a Korean War-era Konica, as a teen he worked his way through many Nikon camera bodies and lenses but today uses a Sony 7riii body and a host of Sony lenses. The majority of his exhibited photographs were purchased in exchange for a charitable donation. His work is owned and displayed by both corporations and individuals and can be found coast to coast. He entered only one competition. The annual best photograph competition of New Mexico sponsored through New Mexico Magazine. He took home the first-place award for color photographs.