Looking for a last minute gift? Local artisan Philip creates unique art

Koelsch

Sixteen-year-old Blythewood native Philip Koelsch is autistic, and though he did not begin speaking until age four, he was drawing and painting at three. He has a knack for remembering details, even after only seeing something one time.

Philip is not new to the art scene. After his mother posted photos on Facebook of artwork he had given as gifts about three years ago, the requests came pouring in. He has since been creating and selling his artwork locally and across the United States.

Philip creates canvas collages from tissue paper. Most of his work is custom commissions, but he said he especially loves creating animal pieces. One custom request came from a woman who liked his zebra and rhino, but left the subject up to Philip. When his mother relayed the message to him, he said, “Well then, she’ll love this cheetah,” and whipped one up on the spot.

Philip’s artwork ranges from $10 to $100 and can be purchased at Palmer Street Market in Ridgeway or on his Facebook Page, ‘It’s MePhilip.’

Contact: It’s MePhilip on Facebook.