John David Phillips was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1955. His first memories are of the open vistas and changing skies of the American Southwest. His family moved every few years; Louisiana, California, Australia, Texas, Colorado, Indonesia, and Singapore. John began painting at the age of eight in an effort to capture these diverse visual stimuli. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees (business and economics) at the University of Oklahoma while continuing to self-educate in the arts and painting and settled in the Colorado foothills west of Denver. He paints both in his studio and outdoors on location en plein air. His goal as an artist is share the many moods inspired by nature.