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About Paul

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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I was born and raised in Baltimore city in the Liberty Heights area. Since I can remember I wanted create art for a living. My discipline grows every day as I gather more practice and skill. I attended the Baltimore School for the Arts in high school (9th) and The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). I graduated with a Bachelors in General Fine Arts . I have been cited on several occasions by the Senator Verna Jones before my illustrative work and I was the 2013 winner of the 'City Paper's' '... more

Growing professionally 2012-2015

2015 has been full of blessings including new contracts for face painting and caricature with Chick Fil-A and State Farm doing ongoing events during their marketing season. I am honored to be the selected artist at their DMV events on events working with Nationals Park and Camden Yards. Having already earned the honor of being an in house caricature at Camden Yards via Caricatures by Rick Wright which has contracted with me since 2013. State Farm's event schedule also included a few free campaigns mixed in with my paying contract; where the marketing staff and I provide entertainment, free prizes and snacks and of course my creative services for local area urban youth. We have done work in the Westport area with local rec facilities.

  • AIrbrushing Events 2016

    My artistic arsenal only grows greater. This was a commissioned event. A bah mitvah for a young man celebrating his transition into manhood. I strive to be an all media encompassing artist. Here I was working with the esteemed Kaliq Crosby a fellow MICA graduate and airbrush artist.
  • AIrbrushing Events 2016

    My artistic arsenal only grows greater. This was a commissioned event. A bah mitvah for a young man celebrating his transition into manhood. I strive to be an all media encompassing artist.
  • State Farm contract 2014

    This year I have been contracted by State Farm to work several events in the DMV including several table events at Camden Yards and Nationals Stadium doing face painting and caricatures for patrons who step into the booth.
  • Shell's Eco Marathon 2015

    During a marketing campaign, I was asked to work an area where attendees (which happened to be children for this particular event) were asked to draw their rendition of the vehicle of the future and then apply it to our idea wall. I acted as an impromptu art instructor and host. The campaign was basically a youth competition where teams of the world's most intuitive prospective engineers collaborated to create eco friendly vehicles that were judged on several different criteria such as speed, durability, visual aesthetic, fuel efficiency, and environmental impact.
  • Chick Fil-A contract 2015

    This year I have been contracted by Chick Fil A in Silver Spring to do face painting for patrons on consecutive Tuesdays.
  • Caricatures at Camden Yards 2015

    For the past three years I have been contracted by Caricature's by Rick Wright LLC at Camden Yards doing caricatures.
  • Metro PCS contract 2014

    The marketing staff for Metro PCS extended the invitation to do caricatures at their table event at the Washington Convention Center for a table campaign in 2014.
  • Best of Baltimore Winner 2013!

    I was blessed to be the winner of the 'Best of Baltimore Contest' in the area of 'Best Visual Artist' as per the voter's poll. This moment was especially sweet given the years of work that I have done in the city which may not have been recognized.
  • Reginald F. Lewis Guest Speaker 2013

    Shawn Burnett, CEO of Walks of Art; a blossoming non-profit in Baltimore asked me to speak at a function celebrating national youth and their artistic creations. I was asked to give my experiences an emerging artist and to generally encourage the young creative in their endeavors while advocating art as a vehicle for change as well as a potential career.
  • Live Painting at '4 Hours of Funk" 2012

    I was asked to do live painting at a local staple event called the '4 Hours of Funk'. This party has grown over the years and has now become the official 'Artscape' after-party locale. I was honored to be asked to be apart of their event.

Pro Bono 4

Free community murals at Halethorpe's Leadership Through Atheletics community recreational center. I was asked to create a series of murals in their study room for the purpose of highlighting the space and inserting creativity into young minds.

  • Mural redo 2

    If chosen I would love to revamp this wall in my own style. This is an older mural that the center has been wanting to redo.
  • Mural redo 1

    If chosen I would love to revamp this wall in my own style. This is an older mural that the center has been wanting to redo.
  • Cal Ripkin Jr. Mural Step 4

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Cal Ripkin Jr. Mural Step 3

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Cal Ripkin Jr. Mural Step 2

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Cal Ripkin Jr. Mural Step 1

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Johnny Unitas Mural Step 4

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Johnny Unitas Mural Step 3

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.

Pro Bono 3

This collection includes several free mural that were done at the request of Patrick Grace, the owner of the Leadership Through Athletics recreational facility. I have aspirations of revamping a pre-existing mural that they already have in their larger gym. This would be potentially one of the initiatives that I would like to complete if chosen as this year's winner. Art is a vehicle, and I feel that it coincides with the the virtues of leadership. I want these works to not only inspire the budding athletes who grace the halls of this gym but also the emerging artists who may or may not know that art can have many applications and is virtually everywhere.

  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 9

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 7

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 6

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 5

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 4

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 3

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 2

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Step 1

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.
  • Ray Lewis Mural Preliminary Sketch

    Leadership Through Athletics is a recreational and training facility for basketball. It's organization has been responsible for forging the lives of young people for decades. Many local youth play and practice there and it's management has incorporated an ethical guideline for sustaining membership that centers on scholastic performance, stewardship, teamwork and mental toughness.I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the center on the art project. The requested the creation of a series of murals on the walls of their study hall.

Pro Bono 2

I have combined my love for philanthropy and visual art. I've been able to use creativity as a vehicle to give back to the local community through art initiates. These initiatives;I have planned and co-coordinated with local community organizations and multi-million dollar industries. I landed a long-term contract with State Farm for face-painting and caricature work at sporting events and local community events. This opportunity also included a few 'pro-bono' events that were non-paid which were for the purpose of benefiting the local community. State Farm is an insurance company so the well being of it's patrons and potential customers is paramount to their success. I have a natural calling for positive community activism; so our motives were similar in the end. This year provided me with business exposure, monetary compensation but more importantly spiritual awakening. I established a strong connection with the marketing staff at State Farm and right now I have a manager who says that she will collaborate on any free initiative that I am able to organize. If given the chance I wish to create a multi-month schedule where several dates are designated for free art initiates. This could be a free mural or perhaps a fun day where I am providing face painting, caricatures or impromptu art lessons for kid's at local area schools and recreational centers. The grant would be used to pay myself or any secondary artist that may join me on an particular event. The experience would be at no cost to the schools or centers themselves. State Farm would potentially have tables where they have free snacks and bags full of State Farm premiums for the staff and children. Usually a mascot is also in tow as well. IF chosen I wish to create an experience that could potential extend beyond the duration that the contest outlines whereas State Farm has expressed it's interest in my talents and has stated an interest in using those skills to build it's brand and the local community. My versatility as an art and business man has allowed me an avenue that many do not possess.

Pro bono art 1

Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative). Also there are pics from a free facepainting event sponsored by State Farm in Westport, Maryland at a local urban recreation center. I helped to organize the event with my manager at State Farm while also enlisting some other talent for the event. Finally a pro bono mural in Halethorpe, Maryland; for a sports center for the youth.

  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)
  • Mural make-over 2014

    Organized volunteer revitalization of sidewalk murals at the Royal Theater Memorial. I put together a team of fellow artists as a two part preparation for the Cadillac Parade organized by PARC (Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative)

Local Art 2013-2015

A few highlights from my years working as a local artist. This project displays the several hats as an artist. I'm proud to live and work in Baltimore as an artist. My intention is to highlight my growth as an overall project as you flip through my projects.

BOPA Summer Art Sessions 2014

I worked as an art educator last year with BOPA and Bright Stars under the management of Mrs. Cassidy Hester; the program coordinator. I learned a lot from the experience and was able to further my professional resume with that opportunity. My coordination and planning skills were sharpened after this experience through the rigorous mandates of the 'Common Core' teaching standard. This was my introduction to the teaching standard in fact. The experience was a learning experience with high emphasis on strengthening one's skills of brevity and the utilization of discernment. My site was located at Bayview Elementary in Brooklyn, MD. This project is for the purpose of highlighting my local devotion to the upcoming youth of Baltimore. I was an educator for seven years after coming out of college and I'd like to think my efforts have shaped the lives of many artists locally.

Face Painting 2014-2015

This project is a collection of events; that I worked as a contracted face painter. I was hired by a marketing company to provide free artistic services to their patrons to promote their brands and or professional services. In short, I was used as a catalyst to generate leads. Also my caricature and face painting services have also been used by several special events companies in the area, for years. The list includes: Baltimore's Best LLC, Bubble's Productions LLC and Caricatures by Rick Wright LLC at Camden Yards. I say this to highlight the power of art as a vehicle for promotion and raising awareness. You folks here are more than aware of that fact. I seek to connect all of the resources that I have from these varying experiences to provide free special events in urban areas such as schools, recreational centers, and perhaps at a few festivals and/or community events. The objective does not have to necessarily have to involve the promotion of any entity or product either. I do know that such a scenario is ideal for many corporations that may wish to support the event while also promoting the brand. The amount of continuous work that I get from these companies alludes to the success of the sorts of events; that are centered around free art. I wish to devise a local tour doing events with face painting, caricatures, and perhaps some other services from some professionals that I know in the field if that is possible economically.

Custom Kicks

Custom 'Chuck Taylor' Converse shoes hand painted in acrylic. I like to vary my media and materials to attain the unknown. I included this collection as a project to highlight my versatility as an artist yet also to shine light upon my fascination with technique. My work today would suggest that my interest is solely invested in caricature and graphic art.

  • Custom Kicks (2015)

    'Ugg' etching and customization for Nordstrom's This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work. Here is a photo documentation of my progression from hobby to commissioned pieces.
  • Custom Kicks (2015)

    'Ugg' etching and customization for Nordstrom's This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work. Here is a photo documentation of my progression from hobby to commissioned pieces.
  • fly

    These flags should be hung outside so that the wind and natural elements will spread your good thoughts, fortunes, and prayers. Ideally they are hung on a windy day, but any day is a good day as long as it done with a clear and open heart. The natural elements will eventually take their toll on the flags and this is to reminds us of the impermanence of life. You can replace them with new ones and burn the old ones or let nature run its full course.
  • Custom Kicks (2015)

    'Ugg' etching and customization for Nordstrom's This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work. Here is a photo documentation of my progression from hobby to commissioned pieces.
  • Custom Kicks (2015)

    'Ugg' etching and customization for Nordstrom's This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work. Here is a photo documentation of my progression from hobby to commissioned pieces.
  • Custom Kicks (2011)

    On a whim I decided to try customizing blank canvas Chuck Taylor sneakers after seeing them on display at an art store. This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work.
  • Custom Kicks (2011)

    On a whim I decided to try customizing blank canvas Chuck Taylor sneakers after seeing them on display at an art store.This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work.
  • Custom Kicks (2011)

    On a whim I decided to try customizing blank canvas Chuck Taylor sneakers after seeing them on display at an art store.This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work.
  • Custom Kicks (2011)

    On a whim I decided to try customizing blank canvas Chuck Taylor sneakers after seeing them on display at an art store.This section displays my versatility, growth, marketability and dedication as an artist. Often an artists progression is judged by the volume of finished pieces or the discovery of new techniques over one's career yet we must also not forget the obvious gauge of success that is an artists popularity. I feel that I have accumulated techniques that transcend niches and it is evident by the range of gigs that I am hired to work.
  • Custom Kicks (2011)

    On a whim I decided to try customizing blank canvas Chuck Taylor sneakers after seeing them on display at an art store.

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