“I have long wondered what our lives here on Earth are all about and have come to accept the idea that we are not human beings having spiritual experiences, but rather spiritual beings having human experiences. When I approach the blank canvas, I intentionally try to connect with that spirit so that the possibility for extraordinary work can occur. If, through my paintings I can somehow connect with the spirit in you, that is you, then there is happiness in my heart.”
Phil Souza is a native Cape Codder where he is now a full-time artist. Born into a long heritage of gardeners and an accomplished “Master Gardener” himself, Phil designed some of the finest color gardens on Cape Cod for many years. The influence of his gardening background is evident in his paintings. He has studied color theory, design, and sculpture with various local artists and for several summers studied with and was mentored by the late teacher and painter Sam Feinstein. Not long ago, Phil was invited to show his work as one of only thirty-six artists from five cities at the Cork Gallery in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC. The event, entitled “Dancing with Color,” was a tribute to the memory of Sam Feinstein. Phil's paintings hang in many private collections throughout the country and Canada.