studio blue sea

MILES PAUL

 

artist   musician

M at work

I am a self taught artist with a great passion for drawing. I have drawn my whole life and it's a pleasure I could not live without!

Music and art have taken me to many wonderful places, they have afforded me a life of travel and adventure and worked me relentlessly with their demands.  I segue between the two disciplines or work at them both simultaneously but I never turn away from them.

 

Art started from a young age, music came some time later: first guitar and then saxophone. My music page will tell you more.

 

My wife, Pippa, and I lived aboard our bluewater sailing boat from 1998. We travelled far and wide and had great adventures.  We kept an art blog which may be viewed here.

 

In 2017 we sold our boat and settled  in St. Asaph, North Wales where we work from our garden studio.  Pippa is a marbler and bookbinder and her work is available here.

 

I have drawn since childhood and in my teens I developed a daily drawing practice that continues to this day. The years of refinement have lead me to develop a steady hand which lends itself to realism.

 

As a teenager I was very influenced by the surrealists, especially Dali and Yves Tanguy. I worked in oils and had my first solo exhibition at the Towngate in Basildon, Essex.

 

As I matured and my subject matter and interests changed I began to experiment with watercolour. This became my preferred medium and over the years I have produced a body of work that relates to the places I have visited. I have completed many private commissions, probably the most exotic was for a guest house on the island of Royale in French Guiana.

 

Since settling back on land I am working in acrylics in my more abstract pieces while continuing with watercolours for my Welsh landscapes. My contemporary abstract realism paintings are vibrant with colour; my ‘story paintings’ reflect world and cultural events or people.

 

I have taught drawing and life drawing off and on over the years and have held workshops in South Africa, Spain and the West Indies.

 

My work is in private and corporate collections in many countries.