Philippe is inspired by many things, from microscopic elements found inside the human body, the birth of stars in distant galaxies and, much closer to home, to more pervasive influences like the ever renewing landscapes of Manchester and Salford . Tensions between chaos and order play major roles in the creation of Philippe's work.

The flow of creativity is aided by limiting distractions at the studio – ideal conditions are fostered by painting at the break of day. All of Philippe's work is created at the Phoenix Studio in Manchester . There is a Gallery room next to the studio used as a showcase for his most recent work.

Boredom is exploited by Philippe through discipline and an unbending monastic routine providing a catalyst for creative thinking. He likes to ‘follow the paint', fully exploring the potential of new materials and techniques. Change is a constant theme in Philippe's work and is often precipitated by the onset of boredom.