Phillip is a naturalist and science illustrator with strong visual communication skills. After developing his artistic skills in college, he taught art at a public high school. As a skilled metalworker and carpenter, he later managed a blacksmith business and then went to work for the Yale-Peabody Museum of Natural History, where he sculpted nearly a dozen models of birds to help restore the museum’s Connecticut Bird Hall and North American Dioramas. After deciding to pursue a career in science illustration, he attended and graduated from the Scientific Illustration program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Phillip has also volunteered for the National Audubon Society, assisted with bird-banding initiatives, participated in numerous citizen-science projects, and worked as a docent for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in California.
As a Bartels Illustrator, Phillip created illustrations for the our Visitor Center’s educational materials, membership premiums, and other projects. However, he believes that the work he did for Living Bird, and an illustration he created for the cover of the June 2018 issue of Current Biology (to accompany an article that proposed how birds evolved after the End-Cretaceous extinction event) were among his most meaningful projects. “The cover for Current Biology was a career landmark for me,” he wrote, “and I believe that it led to future work. The work on Living Bird was also great preparation for working on a major journal and probably helped rank me higher for my current job over others who applied.”
After leaving the Lab, Phillip worked as a freelancer for clients such Cambridge University, the Yale-Peabody Museum, and the Museum of the Earth in Trumansburg, NY before accepting a position as senior illustrator at Cell Press, where he is charge of art production for their flagship journal.