Artist
Paul Lewing Shoreline, Washington

Paul is a lifelong artist, though not always a practicing painter. The bulk of his professional career was spent in ceramics. Paul has now returned to his brushes. “It's been a circle for me. Painting was my first love,” says the artist. His current work is focused on highlighting the natural beauty of the surrounding world, and Paul finds inspiration in firsthand experiences, not photographs. When he goes for hikes or nature walks, he immerses himself in the environment–the sounds, the temperature, the smells, the weather–and translates these elements into a painting back in his studio. Paul’s delicate depiction of light, color, and reflection all contribute to the meditative quality of his landscapes.

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    About The Artist

    Paul is a lifelong artist, though not always a practicing painter. The bulk of his professional career was spent in ceramics. Paul has now returned to his brushes. “It's been a circle for me. Painting was my first love,” says the artist. His current work is focused on highlighting the natural beauty of the surrounding world, and Paul finds inspiration in firsthand experiences, not photographs. When he goes for hikes or nature walks, he immerses himself in the environment–the sounds, the temperature, the smells, the weather–and translates these elements into a painting back in his studio. Paul’s delicate depiction of light, color, and reflection all contribute to the meditative quality of his landscapes.

    Artist Statement

    The world is an incredibly beautiful place. We tend to forget this in our daily lives, but it’s true. I choose to paint landscapes and animals because they remind my viewers of this and, more importantly, they remind me. Each image recalls for me a day spent with my wife, my friends, or my dog in the mountains, on the trails, or at the beach. Seeing mountains for the first time was more like a religious conversion for me than anything else that’s ever happened to me, and while I have a crush on all mountains, Mount Rainier is my true love. The expansive vistas always inspire me, but I also like to focus attention on small intimate details: moving grasses, rippling water, or rough rocks.
    I supported myself for over twenty years as a potter--I’ve made my 10,000 coffee cups--but I’ve always been a painter at heart. I started painting in oils when I was eight, and I wanted to be Thomas Moran when I grew up, although I didn’t know his name. Even when I was a potter, my real strength was decoration. I developed my style of painting landscapes in glaze on porcelain pots, and began making tile to have larger scale. More recently, I have returned even more to my painting roots, this time using acrylic paint. I like the quick drying time of acrylic paint, and enjoy trying to make it do things it doesn’t really want to do, such as depict mist or clear water. It’s hard to describe the pure visceral joy of making marks, but part of it is the joy of returning to exactly what I wanted to do when I was ten years old. It really is like being a kid again.

    Artist Background

    The University of Montana
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1969

    The University of Montana

    Master of Fine Arts, 1972

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