I enjoy creating realism in my paintings and sculpture. When I see a blank canvas and paintbrushes, I am compelled to pick up a brush, dip the sable hairs in some gorgeous oil color and render on canvas the creations blooming in my mind. The challenge of recreating the dynamics of sunlight and shadow, nature and animals and occasionally humans interacting with them is all Zen to me. Time disappears and I am aware of nothing but the paint, canvas and some beautiful Spanish guitar or smooth Jazz music beating in rhythm with my brushstrokes. I am most delighted when the final piece tells a story. Some of my vineyard pieces are intentionally timeless to where the viewer may ask, “Is this an historical depiction of wine grape cultivation, or is it a modern use of old techniques?” While I have drawn and painted since a little girl, my most valuable training was with Fred Lucas, a famous Grand Canyon and western artist, who taught the process of transparent layers and the Old Dutch Master’s techniques. I look forward to becoming even better with paint and sculpture!
Paula enjoys rendering realism in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, airbrush and sculpture in clay or cement. Raised on a ranch in the southern California desert, she developed an aptitude for art at an early age and horses were her favorite subject. While studying art and computers at Pima and Yavapai College, Paula also apprenticed with master painter Fred Lucas, who utilized the Old Dutch Masters’ oil painting techniques. Her work has been in galleries in Prescott and Cottonwood Arizona, won awards in student juried shows, and been featured in a magazine. Future endeavors include getting her art in more galleries and shows, as well as publishing her illustrated books.