American Landscape Artist

Biography & Galleries

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.  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.

Selected 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 – Internat’l Exhibit for Pastels, Wichita, KS
Patron Purchase Award – National Small Oil Exhibit, Wichita, KS
Finalist Winner – The Artist’s Magazine 1999 Art Competition

Selected Exhibitions

Settlers West Great American West Show 2001 thru, 2017, Tucson, AZ
Grapevine Gallery Annual Drunch, 1997 thru 2017,
Oklahoma City, OK Buffalo Bill Art Show 2001 thru  2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Cody, WY
Settlers West Summer Show 2001 thru 2017, Tucson, AZ
Oil Painters of America 10th Annual Nat’l Juried, Palm Desert, CA
Settlers West American Miniatures Show 2001 thru 2017, Tucson, AZ
Gilcrease Museum Miniature Show 2000 thru 2006, Tulsa, OK
Berger Sandzen Museum, Lindsborg, KS
The American Artists Professional League Grand National, NY, NY
Knickerbocker Artists Annual Open, New York, NY
Pastel Society of America, Inc. – 24th Annual Open, NY, NY
Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Invitational 2001 thru 2013
Painting the Parks Estes Park, CO Plein Air 2002, 2003
Villas & Verandas Two-Man Exhibition, San Juan Capistrano, CA – 2002
El Presidio Miniatures in the Mountains, Ruidoso, NM, 2005, 2006
Legacy Gallery Western Art Walk, Scottsdale, AZ, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
RMPAP Signature Members & Invited Guests  Show, – Tucson, AZ
California Art Club Gold Medal Show 2004 thru 2017, Pasadena, CA
Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show and Sale 2003 thru 2017 Tucson, AZ
CM Russell Art Auction, Great Falls, MT, 2004, 2005, 2006. 2007, 2008, 2009
CM Russell Miniature Art Show, Great Falls, MT, 2006
Stars Over Tucson – Special Group Show – Settlers West Gallery – 2008
Ponderosa Art Gallery Annual Fall Classics Show – 2006 thru 2012
Cheyenne Frontier Day Western Art Show – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
LaQuinta Art’s Foundation Desert Plein Air 2001, LaQuinta, CA


Gallery Representation


The Independent, Kansas City, MO – 1986
American Artist Magazine – 1989
US Art Magazine – 1990
UPDATE Magazine – 1990
Topeka Capital Journal, Topeka, KS – 1995, 1998
The Blue springs, MO Examiner – 1995
The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO  – 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000
Kansas City Magazine, Kansas City, MO – 1996
The Taos News, Taos, NM – 1998
The Lee’s Summit Journal, Lee’s Summit, MO – 1998
Hospitality Design Magazine – 1998
Designer’s Showcase 30th Anniversary Magazine – 1999
Southwest Art Magazine – 2000 Art-Line Arizona – 2000
The Artist Bluebook – 2000
Southwest Art Magazine – Feature article & Cover Art –  November 2001
Southwest Art’s Art Source 2002
Collector’s Travel Guide Southwest Art Magazine – February 2003
Southwest Art Magazine – February 2004
“Land of Sunlight, Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County”, by James Lightner, pub. 2007
Western Art Collector – March 2008 and April 2008
Art of the West Magazine – Mar/Apr 2009
“Small Works – Landscapes”, by Phil Starke, published 2009
“California Light-A Century of Landscapes”, Jean Stern & Molly Siple, published 2011
Plein Air Magazine – March 2012
Oil Painting with the Masters, Cindy Salaski, pub. 2014
Western Art Collector – April 2015
Plein Air Magazine – April 2015