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
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.
The University of Montana
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1969
The University of MontanaMaster of Fine Arts, 1972