Phil was born in Toledo, Ohio, but grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in southern Michigan. He started painting at age 7 and sailing as a teenager. He moved to Hawaii in the early 70’s after serving as a Vista Volunteer in Milwaukee. He sold his paintings on the street until he convinced Pan American Airways to take him on as a non-paid consultant in 1978. Phil’s job was to travel to the world’s major yachting centers and give multi-media presentations featuring his sailing photographs from the new Pan Am Clipper Cup Series in Hawaii. The purpose was to convince the world’s best sailors to attend the event.
By the mid 80’s, Phil’s photographs could be found on the covers and pages of most of the world’s best sailing publications. Meanwhile, he had added video coverage of yacht racing events to his list of capabilities. He and his San Francisco based partner, Leslie DeMeuse, started Channel Sea Television, CSTV was responsible for the worldwide television coverage of Hawaii’s KENWOOD CUP SERIES. After that, the Kenwood Corporation took over the sponsorship of the Clipper Cup from Pan Am, as well as, the TV coverage of the biennial TRANSPAC Race.
In 1986, Phil was chosen by Sail America, to work with Dennis Conner and “Stars and Stripes” to document their successful challenge to win back the America’s Cup from Australia. In 1991, he signed on as the director of Television coverage, for Bill Koch and the America 3 Foundation’s 1992 winning America’s Cup team. In 1995, in the same position, he provided the footage seen by millions around the world, as they followed the history making effort of the America 3 Women’s Team, the first ever to compete in the America’s Cup. For the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland, Uhl co-produced a series of AC programs that aired on New Zealand TV during the event. In 2012 Phil’s entire America’s Cup archive (The UHL COLLECTION) became part of the William I Koch Collection, the largest archive of America’s Cup images and artifacts in the world.
In 1992, Phil began experimenting by creating art on a Macintosh computer. Since then he has been at the forefront of the digital art movement, combining high technology with traditional techniques to create fine art. In 2006, Roy E. Disney asked Phil to serve as Coordinating Producer for the movie “Morning Light” released by the Walt Disney Company in 2008.
While primarily self-taught, Phil studied Graphic Design at the Dayton Art Institute, and Printmaking at the Art Students League in New York City. He has received numerous fine art, photographic, design, and video awards, including an EMMY from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His biography appears in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Art. Over the years, his photographs, original prints, video programs, and paintings, have been shown in numerous exhibitions including major events at the Honolulu Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National History Museum at the Smithsonian.