Past

Paul was born in Derby in the late sixties, but his family relocated to North Devon when he was eight years old, a move which looking back was pivotal in Paul’s development as an artist.

Paul showed an interest in painting from an early age; while others wanted to be doctors or pilots he clearly remembers telling a teacher that he wanted to be an artist. This was cemented when, at the tender age of twelve, he won a national colouring competition – winning a prized set of paints. It was also around this time Paul began his life long fascination with the sea and surfing. He continued to draw and paint all through school painting in watercolour and focused on capturing the many moods of the North Devon Coast.

After University he worked as a draughtsman while still painting in his spare time. Paul quickly realised the rigid format of engineering just wasn’t for him and set off to explore the world with his paints and surfboard in tow.

In 1995 he took the plunge and started to paint full-time and began exhibiting. Mainly working in acrylic and oils he took his inspiration from his world-wide travels; the cityscapes, cafes, harbours, bridges, seascapes, people, and cultures of the places he visited.

Present

Pauls painting style has evolved into a free flowing fusion of various media, choosing not to stick to the constraints of any one medium, simply picking what he feels would communicate the ideas he has for a piece best.

Paul’s paintings have continued to evolve and Paul has become one of Britain’s most successful and sought after artists. Paul is currently exhibiting throughout the UK in over thirty prestigious galleries, and has followers and collectors all over the world. In 2012 he was commissioned to paint three large pieces for the 2012 London Olympic games, the paintings were to capture the mood and excitement of London and the Olympic park during the games, and were hung in the Olympic park for the games. Paul was one of the contributing artists for ‘The Big Egg Hunt 2012’ which was one of the largest and most interactive public art displays London has ever seen.

I love to capture the mood and spirit of a scene, adding layers of depth and expression which just can’t be captured in a straight pictorial study, almost like a short film, or series of photos which capture as much detail of a scene as possible, the sight’s, sounds, movement, light, tastes, and even smells which combine to create the big picture, this is what I’m looking for, and what I strive to achieve within my work.

Future

Paul’s paintings and style will continue to evolve and develop, but all are bound by the desire to capture the essence of any scene or subject that sparks his imagination…

I am constantly looking for new opportunities and scenes to capture within my work, my head is bursting with ideas for paintings and there’s just not enough time in the day to paint them all. I don’t know exactly where my painting will take me next, but I do know that maybe the journey is more important than the final destination.

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