MY STORY

Throughout my life I have felt a special connection with nature, and being outdoors inspires me to create. The amazing scenery in Colorado has certainly fueled this inspiration, and the surrounding landscapes appear frequently in my work. In addition to drawing the things I see around me, I also like to draw the things I come up with on my own. To imagine is the most fun.

Lately I have been developing a style of artwork that combines pen drawings and digital design. I have always appreciated the raw nature of pen and ink, but I am also intrigued by the endless possibilities of the digital canvas. By combining the two I aim to create images that feel both organic, and state-of-the-art at the same time.

I am truly grateful for the ability to create this art, and through it, I hope to bring as much positive energy into the world as I can.

Thanks for viewing. Have a great day.

A little more in depth...

I was born June 14th, 1978 in Montreal, Canada. My parents are both Welsh, and were the first from each of their families to immigrate. Shortly after I was born, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, bouncing around from town to town until finally arriving on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Growing up in such a pristine mountain environment was an amazing experience that has had lasting and profound effects on my artistic vision and appreciation for nature. Tahoe is a magical place.

Tahoe in the 90’s was also the epicenter for the birth of snowboarding, which I believe contributed to my aesthetic and artistic style. Learning to snowboard in those days was a creative endeavor. This was before the internet and YouTube, there were no instructional videos. We were coming up with it from scratch. It wasn’t so much what we were doing, but how it felt while doing it… it was about being fluid and smooth, and creating your own style. Which is something I feel has translated over into my visual artwork.

Through high school, I knew that I wanted to be an artist. I managed to get decent grades, but certainly did more doodling than note-taking. I continued this trend through my years at Colorado College. I doodled my way through all the required courses, and took the mandatory Art 101’s… drawing, painting, etc… but it wasn’t until “Intro-to-Photoshop” that I discovered what I wanted to do. I’ve always been really into computers and technical gadgets. I once memorized the DOS manual via a bribe from my parents for my first computer when I was 12. So when my eyes were opened to the possibilities of combining artwork with the computer… I was hooked.

After graduating in 2001, I moved out to Hollywood to join my brothers playing bass in our band Storytyme, which turned out to be a fantastic musical voyage spanning 7 years, and also what brought us to Boulder. During those years, I concentrated heavily on creating music, but was also developing my artwork and Photoshop chops designing show posters and album covers.

In 2008 we decided to take a break from music and follow our own individual passions. This lead me to focusing on my artwork full-time. Since then it’s been one crazy whirlwind-of-an-adventure that has taken me all over the country.

Throughout this journey I have received unprecedented support from my family, friends, and fans the world over. I could not possibly be living this dream without your help, and as long as I’m able, I hope to continue creating this crazy colorful artwork expressing the love and joy I’ve been given in this life…  Thanks again for your phenomenal support!

Festivals & Bands I’ve Had The Pleasure Of Working With

Phil Lewis is truly a gifted and creative artist. I first saw Phil's work at Foolish Craig's, a local Boulder eatery. I immediately asked about the art. The picture that really caught my eye was of the Mount Sanitas trail, where I often hike with my friends. Phil's take on Mount Sanitas was vibrant and exciting, filled with swirls, fantastic clouds, and imaginatively rendered land formations. I have bought three prints from Phil: Mount Sanitas, Lake Tahoe, and the very popular print of the Flatirons, Boulder's signature rock formations. I have the prints in my living room, and they never fail to evoke a special feeling of nature, and the joys of exploring Boulder. The print of Lake Tahoe makes want to visit someday. I would recommend Phil's art to anyone, especially those who feel a vibrant and spiritual connection to nature. And just in case you haven't heard, Phil is a wonderful musician as well!

A Phil Lewis Fan in Boulder, Colorado

We truly love the five prints we have hanging around our house. Phil is extremely talented and a great/honest business man with which to be associated. Every single time I have received a painting it has been in pristine condition, signed, and the colors are amazing. Every cent I have spent has been more than worth the money. Phil's paintings adorn our living room, and we often think of Phil and our first encounter with his work in Boulder at "Foolish Craig's". I wish Phil the best of luck in the future, and will be contacting him soon in regards to the next purchases I intend to make. Peace,

Russell S.

I received one of Phil's prints as a gift and was so pleased. His flowing style and choice of colors are wonderful - and make you take a closer look. Great trees! I have this piece prominently displayed at home, and I get great comments from guests who see it.

Kyle, Boulder, CO

I think it was the dark background and ambitious color in the giraffes that first drew me in to Phil's work. The contrast is heavy, the edges are sharp, and the color is saturated, but Phil's combination of symmetry, creativity and control turns down the whole volume just enough so that more than just paint comes through for me. It's rare to find an original idea in this genre of art and I'm pleased to have found Phil's work. I originally purchased the three giraffe's (equal size) on large black canvas as a gift for my girlfriend but kept it to myself once I saw how stellar it looked on my wall.

Jeremy G.

I first saw one of Phil’s drawings, a funky, beautiful picture of the flatirons, at Foolish Craig’s restaurant. It was so unique – full of curvey lines, interesting patterns and rich colors. I bought a copy from Phil as a gift for my husband – who I knew would love it too. We found a frame that picks up on the lines of the picture. It looks fantastic hanging in our family room. I’m sure we'll buy more of Phil’s work in the future.

Sandra, Boulder, Colorado

Phil, Thank you so much for your beautiful, colorful art! When I came to your Boulder Theater show I was so excited to find your work at the merch table. Your vast array of color and endearing themes drew me in. Of course I fell in love with the giraff trilogy, reminding me of the sweetness of my three sons, much like Storytyme! Yet, I found myself searching for which "groovy masterpiece" I should buy it was hard to choose just one. After all, the giraffs found their new home in our dining room. They are so special, we have quite an original collection of art on this particular wall and I have to say my eyes fall on your unique vision " three giraffs" along the day: love, unity and vivid color are always welcome in the soul of the eye. Thank you for your devotion and love for art...we all need it so.

Kristina I.

I moved away from CO this past summer and before leaving I started a search for a piece of artwork that would remind me of everything wonderful about the state I had called home. Upon seeing Phil’s art I knew I’d found the perfect piece! Now, Mt. Sanitas hangs above my desk, where I can gaze into the Boulder scene and escape to the mountains when I’m stressed or missing CO. I was instantly drawn to the Mt. Sanitas piece because it reminded me of the many hikes I had done there and throughout the Rockies. The funky style Phil uses attracted me to his work as well. It reminds me of music festivals in the summer – of sunny days, mountain-fresh air, and wildflowers blowing in the wind.

Jill G.

I first discovered Phil’s art a couple of years ago while visiting my daughter in Boulder. Several of his pieces were displayed where she was working. His colors and technique were instantly mesmerizing. The piece that really pulled me in was the “Flatirons”. As I studied it I felt as if I was floating back in time to the ‘70s when I lived in Boulder. I remember waking each morning to a perfect view of the Flatirons from my bedroom window. I hiked among them often and I never took them for granted. As my daughter knows Phil, we tried to arrange time for my wife and me to meet him but it didn’t work out. I did, however, purchase the “Flatirons” and it hangs in our bedroom. It is the first thing I see when I wake up – what a perfect déjà vu to a time gone by. We met Phil at his house in the mountains on our next visit to Boulder. He showed us some of his original drawings, including that of the “Flatirons”. What a treat! Before leaving I purchased his “Lake Tahoe” piece and it also hangs in the master bedroom. We love the whimsical, floaty feeling his art delivers and how we seem to discover something new each time we ponder it. Go ahead – pick your favorite piece and hang it where it can put a smile on your face every day.

Tony S.

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