The most important influence in Phillip's life has been his early years in the outdoors. Phillip's mother was most instrumental in nudging him to go to the Ringling school of Art in Sarasota, Florida. It was this great learning experience that laid the groundwork for Crowe's love of painting. After graduating he moved into commercial art and advertising. As Crow painted the wildlife and the great outdoors the demand for his art grew, as did his range of subject matter. He has dedicated much of his time and art to organizations for the community and preservation of the wildlife he so loves, and he has raised millions of dollars for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, National Wild turkey Federation, the Nature Conservancy, as well as many state and wildlife agencies.