Ottawa-born artist Philip Craig was encouraged by his parents to pursue art from an early age. Following his studies at Sheridan College of Art and Design, he spent the following decade in Newfoundland, where his more isolated surroundings allowed him to focus on traditional subject matter: landscape, portrait and still life. He eventually returned to Ottawa, determined to paint full-time. Various travels to England, France, Italy, Morocco and India not only enriched his palette, but also provided him with a deeper appreciation of light, which became a mainstay in his oeuvre.
Craig has an extraordinary ability to connect with the viewer, whether he is depicting ordinary people engaged in ordinary activities, landscapes or interior scenes. In Peony Interior, the painting Craig created specially for Art Gems, he employs rich colours and intense lighting; the viewer wants to be there, to be a part of the lush interior. The element of connection, accompanied by the beauty of colour, light and richly expressive brushwork creates a desire to live within his paintings. Craig’s work can be found in collections in Canada, the United States and England. He is represented by Loch Gallery in Toronto.