Paula was born and raised in the small West Texas town of Slaton. She has been interested in art since her early pre-school 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, etc. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1968 with a B.A. in Math and 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. Paula taught in Texas public schools for 33 years the last 5 of which she taught computer graphics. In June of 2000 she retired from teaching and soon after began to devote her energies to her oil painting.
Paula has worked with watercolor, acrylic, photography, and clay sculpture but feels she has found her perfect medium with oils. She is interested in a wide variety of subject matter feeling that the variety helps her work stay fresh and exciting. Many of her paintings are of places that she and her husband, John visited on their extensive travels. She is a member of the Palette of Roses Art League in Tyler, Texas and the Mineola League of the Arts in Mineola, Texas. She enjoys attending workshops to gain new ideas and perspectives. She has studied under Nancy Berkhouse of Tyler and Nationally known artist Bruce Peil of Athens as well as workshops with Ann Templeton, Bob Rohm, Rusty Jones, and Jimmy Dyer. She has won numerous awards at both the Palette of Roses Art Show and the Mineola League of the Arts show.
I believe in letting the subject and the feel of the painting dictate the style that I use on any particular work ranging from realism to impressionism. I enjoy trying to recreate the mood and emotions that I felt as I looked at a scene. With my portraits my goal is to create a work that will generate a warm tug on the heart of the observer as they gaze at the image of their loved one. With my landscapes I hope that the viewers will enjoy the beautiful scenery that nature has to offer and feel the peace and wonder of our beautiful world.