Phil received his BA in Writing from SUNY Purchase, and MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art. In between he completed a two year independent study of Old Master drawings at the British Museum; and fell in love with the Old Master medium of silverpoint.
Phil has had his portraiture appear in The New York Times; NPR; and on NY1 News. He has commissioned portraits in the collections of Columbia University and NYU's School of International Students and Scholars; and is in the permanent collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.
He teaches Cast Drawing at the Art Students League of New York and has taught undergrads at the the New York Academy of Art; as well as Life Drawing at The Salmagundi Club for a semester.
His most recent work is a series of still-life studies and silverpoint drawings of trash cans, garbage bags, and litter. Mainly in NYC but also abroad. "It's Art as Alchemy," says Padwe; "I'm turning trash into precious metal! Using energy, focus, and intent."