Art is life is art. Phil Vance was born in 1978 in Sonora, California. He was first exposed to art in his parents' bookstore where he would spend long hours looking through every art book he could get his hands on. It was not long before he was drawing on his own, encouraged by teachers. In high school, art became a passionate escape, a daily obsession as he imitated his favorite artists who's images inspired him to look at the world differently.
He attended the University of California Davis in 1998 to pursue a degree in Computer Science but could not stop taking art classes. Eventually his desire to create overwhelmed him and he changed his major to Fine Arts. It was here that he trained in printmaking, photography, and painting. After graduation in 2003 he continued working on his technique and concepts exploring mixed media and digital art. In 2006 he moved to Newport Beach in Southern California to work as a graphic designer for a real estate investment firm. Within a year he was promoted to Art Director for the company where he oversaw and developed the marketing and branding for the company.
While successful in his career, the Southern California environment was poorly suited to his personality so Phil moved back to his home town of Sonora in 2011 to focus on his art full time. This is his first time showing his work publicly and he is anxious to make his mark in the art world!