Mississippi has been Paul’s home since 1997. Born and raised in New Orleans, he studied at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and University of New Orleans before moving to Mississippi where he earned a MFA from Mississippi College. Paul taught drawing and painting at Hinds Community College, Mississippi College and Jackson State University.
Paul was also a counselor in the mental health industry for many years where his personal contact with people of all ages, from all backgrounds and in all walks of life afforded him a unique vantage point from which to pursue his art. Although he is comfortable working in oil, acrylic and watercolor with all subject matter, drawing is his first love and portraiture his favorite subject.
“Portraits and figures are the most challenging and satisfying for me. To really fathom a person’s character, to glimpse their psyche, one must go beyond capturing a credible likeness. It might be a sidelong glance, a gesture or a stance that is crucial. It’s difficult to describe in words, but we all recognize it when we see it. There is a timeless quality to the best art that transcends time and place - an almost tangible thread connecting the image and the viewer; recognition of what it means to be human.”
“I strive to converse with the viewer via the language of paint to express what the language of words cannot. My goal is to create powerful and transcendent images by eliminating the unnecessary, magnifying the essential, intensifying color and perspective and maximizing the undeniable psychological impact of shadow and light.”
Paul is a Mississippi Arts Commission 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient. His artwork is a part of many corporate and private collections including the Permanent Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Suzie Q Two
Lilies by a Tree