My name is Phil Cook and I have had a hunger for making images as far back as I can remember. I loved drawing and painting so much, I started oil painting classes at the age of ten. I passed my 'o' level art with a grade A, a year early and by the age of 18 was attending art college, where I discovered the alchemy of photography.
I have held a deep passion for photography ever since and have been lucky enough to shoot commercially for 20 years, in London. During which time I have worked for a long list of household names, these include Marks and Spencer, John Lewis & Sainsburys, the list goes on.
I've gone full circle and am now back embracing my painting skills, creating gorgeously detailed animal portraits and a lot larger scale, murals.
You can see more of my work here. You'll find stunning portraits of all sorts of animals
Ready to take the next step? Commission your own portrait, contact Phil today for a no obligation quote
Some reactions from clients to their portraits.
1. I am the enormously proud owner of the picture of the 2 Gordon Setters that Phil painted recently, I can't begin to tell you how he has captured both my girls, both with different looks and different personalities absolutely perfectly. The photographs on here look good but the real thing is stunning, His attention to detail is remarkable. Absolutely BRILLIANT. You are a fantastic artist Phil. X (Julie)
2. This is Bear, my son's Australian Sheppard as they are called in the US. He is a pretty old dog now but one of the most loving, intelligent dogs I have ever known. He is loved so dearly by us all.
When I saw Phil's work I thought he would be able to capture precisely what many paintings miss - the look. He certainly didn't fail, this is Bear, there can be no doubt.
It was a spur of the moment birthday gift to my son and Phil was under pressure to get this done in a very short time. The results speak for themselves and I recall my son, with a tear in his eye, visibly moved at the likeness of his beloved dog.
Funny days going backwards and forwards as Phil steadily built up the work, but a brilliant job completed with the tightest deadline you could imagine, but so, so worth it.
His work speaks for itself ... What can I say, it's Bear. Thank you Phil Cook (Jennifer)