Artist BiographyAfter studying Architectural Technology at Ryerson Poytechnical Institute in Toronto and working in the field of construction for 25 years, as a specialist in sales, marketing and public relations; Paul turned his attention to his first love, painting and photographing Canada's wilderness areas.
Paul started painting in 1966, with his father Joachim (a close contemporary and friend of the Group of Seven) and a number of senior artists, including A.J.Casson, Alan Collier, Anthony Law, Bruno Cavallo, during fall sketching trips. Their influence and mentoring proded Paul into seeking out the more rugged terrain of Canada, from Gros Morne Newfoundland, to the high arctic in Nunavut. Many excursions to Algonquin Park, Algoma, Georgian Bay, Gatineau, Killarney and other Ontario wilderness sites have been recorded in oils and watercolour. Five voyages to the Arctic and six trips out west to the Rockies and Western Mountains have resulted in numerous paintings and sketches.
Paul was commissioned by the North Channel Preservation Society in 1987, to produce a limited edition serigraph of one of A.J.Casson's painting of Baie Fine. Mr. Casson assisted Paul in the artistic control of the print. Subsequently, the area called Casson Peak is recognized as an historical site, due in large part to the efforts of the sales of this print and the media attention derived in order to protect this vulnerable section of the KIllarney Range.
As technical advisor, for the film "And There Were Seven", produced by Conrad Beaubien of Beaver Creek Films, in 1989, on the life of A.J.Casson and the Group of Seven; Paul gained an insight into film production which piqued his interest in furthering the adaptation of Art and Wilderness as a vehicle for public presentations.
Slide presentations of Paul's trips to the Arctic, Nahanni, Firth and Tatshenshini Rivers have been shown to many audiences throughout Ontario, highlighting the fragile ecology and environment.
Paul's oeuvre has been exhibited in numerous shows in Canadian cities. His pieces belong to corporate and private collections, including Husky Oil, Texaco, Bank of Montreal, Toronto Board of Trade, IBM Canada, Weston Group, Canadian General Electric, Merrill Lynch Co., Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Nortel, Crown Life Insurance, Sears Chicago, H.R.H. Prince Andrew and many others.