Bio - Phil Minton
To avoid further confusion let me explain. My name is Phil Minton, and my company’s name is Philectric Arts. I chose the name of Philectric Arts, because there is a gentleman from England that is a jazz vocalist, and has the same name. To spare the confusion, I let him keep our name, and I choose a different name, something unusual, something unpronounceable, but you’ll remember it. Besides, if you heard his singing, well, you would run away.
How did you see that?
Starting back in high school, I’ve been asked that question. People see my work, and ask how I see all the details. We all have our special gifts, and mine just happens to notice the details, and to be able to recreate them. I also like to look at an image, or a design, and recognize something just isn’t right, and I will tweak with it until it’s in harmony.
I bought my first digital SLR camera in 2007, and a month or so later I took a photo of a bald eagle sitting in a tree, with the moon in the background. I submitted it to The Seattle Times, and they ran it. I was beyond excited.
A few months later, I took a photo of a horse sticking his head out of a round window in his barn, and submitted it to National Geographic, and they published it on their website. Now I was hooked. They ended up publishing over 5 images on their website. They used another image as a downloadable screen wallpaper, and another image is available to license from their National Geographic Creative website.
What are you doing here?
On several occasions my co-workers have said this to me. They see my artistic talents, and wonder what I’m doing working at a non-artistic, non-creative job. Well, somebody has to pay the bills.
Since I bought my camera (and several more, and photo gear, etc.) I’ve been passionate about my photography and graphics, and I knew my heart was in the wrong place. Most recently I’ve been working as a Senior Designer at local Civil Engineering firms, and I was very good at it. I knew it just wasn’t where I wanted to be.
So, I took some time off from work, took some photography and digital graphics classes at the local university and I’m ready to get back to work, but this time working with photography and digital graphics, where my heart belongs. I’m very good at what I do, and I have a passion for my images. I used to be at the top with my engineering work, and I aim to do the same with my graphics work. I live to be creative, and to make clients images come to reality.
1979 - 1985
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
2017 - 2018
Sonoma State University - Rohnert Park
First Place, Sonoma County Fair
Second Place, Sonoma County Fair
Sailing the Bay , 303 2nd Street, San Francisco
Mellow Yellow Exhibit, Lynnwood, WA
Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, Puyallup, WA
Sonoma County Photography Group , 303 2nd Street, San Francisco
Through the Lens & Beyond , Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Borders/Boundaries , Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Fall Foliage at Wenatchee, National Geographic Magazine Online
Article image, Wallpaper
Jack London’s Man Cave, American History Magazine, August 2012