Phillip Lichtenhan, a native of Tucson, credits his natural talent to his mother who minored in art at the U of A, and his love of craft to his father who was a cabinetmaker in Tucson. From the time he was a small child, Phillip was an artist in his heart, soul and mind, forever seeking art experience in and out of school. He has degrees from both Northern Arizona University and the U of A and, in addition to pursuing his career as an artist, has taught art in numerous settings and levels.
In addition to creating other wonderful forms and works of art, Phillip has created a wonderful series of bird nest sculptures using weathered industrial and found materials to weave the nests. He constructs the nests with wire, barbed wire, steel banding and other found objects, creating nests that are sometimes quite like bird nests in look and scale and other times creating nests that are larger and more mysterious.