Phillip John Bevan was born at Prestatyn in 1960, and grew up in Flint where he attended the Gwynedd School. During his early teens he spent a lot of his time helping the local gamekeeper and his uncle on the farm.
Only one or two Welsh lessons per week were given at the Gwynedd School and unfortunately he didn't learn much of the language, although his uncle Wally spoke Welsh and his nan understood it and spoke a little. Phillip always wished that he had learned Welsh and when he moved to Pwllheli where he lived for 12 years before moving to Caernarfon, he attended Welsh lessons at Nant Gwrtheyrn and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. He has put considerable effort into learning and using the language.
Having enjoyed art lessons both at primary school and at the Gwynedd School, he didn't gain as much enjoyment of the subject at senior school due to the teaching methods, nevertheless he always enjoyed doodling owls. He didn't draw or paint for years after leaving school and starting work, but took up painting and drawing again about 20 years ago and during the last couple of years he has started to devote a lot more time to painting. He mainly paints owl charactures using watercolour and sometimes ink - having always liked owls, his favourite being the little owl.
Scenes such as one that can often be seen at an old barn in Rhiw of a family of little owls standing, have given him ideas for a lot of his work along with memories of the times when he was young helping the gamekeeper and his uncle on the farm. Phillip has also gained inspiration by getting to know many of the older generation of locals and seeing the old way of life, the old farms and smallholdings all of which he has incorporated in parts of his work.