Paula was born and raised on the plains of West Texas in the small town of Slaton, TX but now resides in beautiful East Texas. She has been interested in art since her early preschool days of drawing her own paper dolls and designing their clothes. Coming from an artistic family she always had help and instruction from her mother, father, and older sister. She learned at an early age about perspective, shadows, colors mixing, etc. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Art. She began painting in oils in the 70’s whenever she could squeeze in the time from her full time job of teaching secondary math. In June of 2000 she retired from teaching and soon after began to devote her energies to her painting. She has won numerous awards at both the Palette of Roses Art Shoe and the Mineola League of the Arts Show. She works in oils, watercolor, acrylics and pastels. She is a member of the Palette of Roses Art League, the Mineola League of the Arts and the Mount Pleasant Art Society. She has studied under Nancy Berkhouse, Bruce Peil, Matt Smith, Ann Templeton, Bob Rohm, and Rusty Jones.
]I have enjoyed art all my life. I love both the challenge of representational art and the freedom of abstract art. To me there is no bigger “high” than to see that blank white canvas become a beautiful work of art. I enjoy working in oil, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels, finding that each has their own magic and beauty. I am interested in a wide variety of subject matter ranging from landscapes and still life to portraits and abstracts. I let the subject and mood of the subject dictate the style and feel of the painting ranging from impressionism to realism. My landscapes tend to lean toward impressionism while my portraits and still life are usually done in a tighter manner. With my landscapes I try to show the viewer the poetry of the scene emphasizing the play of light and shadow. I enjoy trying to recreate the mood and emotions I felt as I looked at the scene. With my portraits I try to capture the soul and personality of the subject (whether it is a person or a pet). My goal with my portraits is to create a lasting work of art that will bring a smile to the lips or a tear to the eye of the viewer for years to come.