Philip Raskin studied at Glasgow School of Art before going on to a career in hospitality as the proprietor of popular Jazz restaurant The Inn on the Green. After a successful 20 years as a restauranteur, Philip returned to his lifelong passion for painting full time.
Inspired by the dramatic contrast between stormy waters and luminous skies, Philip seeks to capture the fleeting, transcendent moments of beauty that occur when light breaks through scattered clouds, illuminating the endless horizon beneath.
Working with a combination of thick, impasto textures for the sea and soft, expressive brushwork for the skies, Philip states that he paints in private places for the viewer’s enjoyment. No signs of civilisation, just the driftwood of an ebb tide, mist tumbling on a distant hilltop and silence broken only by lapping water and gulls ascending.