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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1960, Paul moved with his family to Calgary, Alberta in 1973. In search of change and new stimulation he then moved to Vancouver, B.C., in 1996, however, returned to Calgary in 2001. Prior to earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in New York, Paul was educated at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. After working as an illustrator for 6 years, he’s been a fine art painter since 1990. He considers himself a contemporary representational painter who specializes in western themes. Part of Paul’s growth as an artist has come from extended painting trips to major art centres including New York, Italy, Australia, Mexico and Santa Fe. He also continues to travel the globe in search of new artistic stimulation while expanding his vast archive of photographic reference material. Paul has received many distinctions and awards for his work including being selected by Fresco Fine Art Publishers (Albuquerque, New Mexico) as one of the top western artists working today (a hard cover book was published titled "Western Traditions - Contemporary Artists of the American West" - see PRESS page). Some of his recent commissions include the official image for Canada's 2009 entry at the world's most prestigious international culinary competition The Bocuse d'Or and the 2007 Calgary Stampede poster. THE ARTIST STATES: “I’m committed to a life of creating images. My primary goal is to master the art of painting and to develop increasingly the ability to convey my passion for the subjects I explore. These paintings will document my diverse experiences and explorations in life. My style or technique will continue to evolve as I strive to express how I feel about the subject I’m focused on. I feel each painting is a creative expression similar to a piece of music, passionate dance or poetic writing. For me, the symbolic ritual of signing the painting represents the completion of the creation and the beginning of its long journey through an unknown future.” SOURCE; Artist's Website

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