Artist / Craftsman/ Illustrator / Author
The life of David Paul can be described as a classical struggle of an artist reaching for a higher level of understanding of “the world as it is”, while attempting to bring meaning to life by casting a vision of “the world as it could be” in the art forms that he produces. For David Paul, physical and social struggles have never succeeded in eradicating his inner drive to share his inner vision of a peaceful landscape filled with an elevated intensity of colors, forms, and detail.
David Paul is a fine artist who paints mainly oil-on-canvas. He has also worked with airbrush, pencils, charcoal, and acrylics, but has found oils to be his favorite media. He has written and illustrated several children’s books, which he is working to get published. He is also a carpenter, illustrator, and cartoonist. David has lived in Northern Utah most of his life.
With an output of original oil paintings that now number over 375 pieces, most of his paintings have been sold locally, or given as gifts to his family and friends. David’s extreme generosity along with his physical struggles, have caused him to remain a humble artist in search of broader patronage. Most financially successful fine-artists living in Utah will attest that their support comes mostly from outside of the state in other markets, but they will also confess that here in Utah, there exists a wonderful aura of inspiration from the mountains and unique geological landscapes. Other places of inspiration for David are the beaches and rainforests of Oregon and Washington. David has also studied extensively Native American cultures, the western pioneer culture, and he also draws artistic imagery and inspiration from these sources.
“I believe that I have my own technique of painting. I use black, and I’m not afraid to! If I hear an artist say that you should never do this, or that, then it’s a habit of mine to do it anyway, and then work with it to see what I can do. I consider myself to be self-taught, so I believe my way of painting is original. I have no fear of color. If it squeezes out of a tube, I like to try it in my paintings, whether it works, or not.”
“I want the viewer of my paintings to feel a part of the world that they may never see, due to the fact that a huge majority of my paintings are from my own visions of places that are familiar, but do not exist. Whenever I travel, I don’t take a camera, but I take my eyes and mind. And from these memories, I sit in front of a canvas and create my vision. I don’t like to make my paintings perfectly lifelike; that’s what the art of photography is for. But I do like to give a person the feeling that they can walk into the painting; and then to feel as if a part of them is INSIDE the painting.”
“I believe the thing that inspires me the most is the comments that I get when I show at art festivals and galleries. I love to hear from people when they recognize the different use of colors and the variety of techniques that I use. Also, I hear that the colors in my art are daring. I would like to put a person in my painting and give them a feeling of peace.”
“When I attend festivals or shows I enjoy standing away and absorbing the comments that people have to say about my work. I feel it helps me grow as an artist and it really keeps me motivated”. I may receive a few negative comments, but they don’t go unheard. I hear and learn; and from day-one, I have listened to try to create something that people can enjoy”
“To be famous and well known would be great, but my dreams and goals are to continue to draw my cartoons, build my furniture, teach art classes, and stroke my paints on canvas for the rest of my life. I want to travel to Europe someday, and study and paint in the places where oil painting was invented and refined.”
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