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ARTIST17alongthelineInternationalHarvesterfoundoutaboutourideaandtheywantedtohaveourfeatureontheirskid-steerloaders.Wehadjustgottenstartedandthenextthingyouknewweweremanufacturingthisthingx1dPhilrecalls.Achainofsuccessesfollowed.BusinesseswerebuiltandsoldandafteryearsofdedicationtobusinessPhilandShirleyfoundthemselveswiththemeansandthetimetopursueotherinterests.HowdoesablacksmithandinventorbecomeapainterInPhilx19scaseithadalottodowiththeplaceheandhiswifeShirleychosefortheirretirementhome.FromtheirbackyardinArizonaPhilandShirleyhadabeautifulviewoftheSuperstitionMountains.x1cOurneighborandfriendJoyceLindbecklivedtwodoorsdownfromusandhadthesameviewx1dsaysPhil.x1cShedidabeautifulpaintingofitandhadcopiesmade.Weboughtacopyfromherafteranartshowandhungitinourhome.OnedayIlookedatitandthoughtx18Iwouldnx19tmindtryingthatmyself.IbetIcouldpaint.x19x1dx1cBackwhenIwasworkingwithmycompaniesIneverthoughtaboutpainting.Ididnx19tthinkaboutituntilaboutveyearsago.Ididnx19tknowwhatIwasdoingatrstsoIjustwenttoMichaelx19sandboughtalittlecanvasandsomewatercolorpaintandacoupleofpaintbrushes.Iwenthomeandjustsatdowninthebackyardandpaintedthosemountains.AndthenIpaintedthenextonethisoldwagonx1dsaysPhilpointingouteachofhispaintingsinturn.AsPhilx19sinterestinhisnewfoundhobbygrewhewantedtolearnmore.x1cOnedayShirleyandIwenttotheartsupplystoreandsawthattheygavepaintinglessonsthere.AwomanbythenameofRuthHamptonwastheinstructorsoIcalledherup.x1dx1cWhenIsignedupsheaskedifIhadeverusedoilsandItoldhernothatIx19dpaintedafewpicturesusingwatercolors.Ishowedhermypaintingsandshesaidshex19dliketohavemeinherclassbutshedidnx19tteachwatercolor.Watercolorsshetoldmeweremuchmoredifculttoworkwiththanoils.Sothatx19showIstartedworkingwithoilpaints.x1dPhildrawsmuchofhisinspirationfromArizonasettingspaintinglandscapesdesertvegetationandportraitsofNativeAmericans.RecentlyhoweverhehasdiscoveredthepleasureofpaintingsubjectsinandaroundhisresidenceinsouthDeKalbCounty.x1cThisoneIjustnishedhasgotsomehistorytoit.ThisisdowntownLeearound1900.TherewasanoldbuildingWrigleyx19sGarageandinthesixtieswhenitwasdemolishedtheyfoundthisoldcamerathatstillhadlminit.Theywereabletogetsixblackandwhitephotosdevelopedoutofthatlm.Thispaintingisfromoneofthephotos.x1dPhilpointsoutvariousfeaturesinthepaintingwhichhasthecharmanddetailofauthenticfolkart.Healsodrawsattentiontoabitofpersonalhistoryincludedinthescenex1cThisbuildingherewasthersthouseShirleyandIeverowned.LaterIsoldittomysonJerryandthatx19swhereheandhiswifelivedtherstfewyearstheyweremarried.x1dPointingoutawinterscenehangingonthewallofhisandShirleyx19slivingroomPhilsaysx1cMymotherstartedpaintingwhenshewasaboutmyage.Shewasinherlate70sorearly80swhenshestarted.Itx19snevertoolatetostartsomethingnew.x1dPhilx19shardworkandloveofinnovationhavepaidoffinmanywaysincludinggivinghimthechancetoexplorehiscreativeside.Andheapproacheshispaintingthesamewayhex19sapproachedallofhisventureswithjoyenthusiasmandarealdesiretogetthejobdoneright.TheblacksmithshopwherePhilgothisstartinbusiness