When and why did you start painting?
I picked up a brush for the first time in 2006. It was an urge coming from deep inside me. Even though I had enjoyed many creative years prior as an ad copywriter, I just suddenly had to paint. So I signed up for classes and got studio space. I had no idea at the time my painting life would take off so quickly and become a new career.
What inspired you to become the person you are today?
I think I just learned to listen to my heart. You know how there are usually two voices inside your head? One says “do it” and the other warns “no, don’t, it’s too risky and you’ll never make it.” I spent quite a few years listening to that second voice. But in 2006, the first voice got much stronger and drowned out all of my doubts. Then the doors started opening and I knew I was on the right path.
Do you have a story (funny, touching or important to you) you’d like to share with us?
My parents were musicians in their younger years, not visual artists. So I was surprised to see Mom in an art class last year at her assisted-living facility. And she clearly had the nicest red cardinal painting in the room. Mom was an Alzheimer’s patient, so the next day she didn’t remember painting the piece. But I kept reminding her. Mom passed last December and her one-and-only painting is now one of my most precious possessions. Did I get my ability from her? It’s possible, and I wouldn’t have known if not for that class. I remain grateful.
Learn more about Paul and his paintings: http://paulpedulla.com/paul/