Self-Protrait (1988)
I began my art journey at 31, (1975), deciding to use the benefits of my soon to expire GI Bill, while entering the Fine Arts Program at the University of New Hampshire. I managed to literally run through their BFA program in a little less than two years. Don’t ask; I was taking classes in a way that was not designed. I was in the BFA exhibition but had not achieved my diploma; after a two year hiatus, I returned and completed the requirements for an official Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. That’s the short of it. After “graduating”, I continued to care for a terminally ill child while doing my best to paint and occasionally “dabble” in photography. I won a number of awards in both disciplines along with people collecting my work - including the Walt Kuhn Collection. Within the aforementioned time frame, I showed in many exhibitions within New England, solo and otherwise, including the Currier Museum of Art. After the death of my daughter and a failed relationship, I continued to paint and process photos but after a large solo exhibit in 1995 did not show again until 2017 with a solo exhibit of 24 paintings - it was a long 22 years filled to the brim with the birth a new son, another failed relationship - never said I was good at that - and subsequent years of being half-time dad to fulltime dad. Time does have the ability to whiz by... and the details do not matter. I am retired (now 75 and I earned it!) and paint nearly every day along with my “dabbling” photo work. Recently, 2018, I was fortunate enough to win the grand prize in landscape in the Down East Magazine Photo Contest. (See it in the January 2018 issue). Other than the above, I live in New Hampshire with my lovely wife, Leanne. I have a nice studio - first time in years - and have opened a gallery to share some of my work at our home. The short of all this is that I am grateful for my life and what I have received; continue my painting and photography (side interest writing); continue my “other” interests such as Native teachings and ceremony; keep moving (powwow dancing and Tai Chi) and try to practice gratitude and happiness... it is such a short journey. Hope you enjoy my work. Thanks for looking... it is an honor for me to share. Apiji go miigwech (thank you very much - “Ojibwe”), Paul
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