Paul Norwood, who grew up on the coast of Maine, decided early on that he’d rather paint the sea than fish from it. He went on to study fine art and graduate from Syracuse University with a BFA. After a long career as an art director and creative director, he now devotes all his time to painting. In the past fifteen years, he has developed a national client base and exhibited his work from Boston to San Francisco and many places in between. He paints at his studio on Martha’s Vineyard and at his studio in Mill Valley, California.
I’m constantly striving to spend less time with each painting. To represent form with fewer brush strokes and a simpler palette. To rely on the minds eye to do the work for me. I work from sketches, photographs and scrap. After creating a rough composition, I execute the painting quickly, avoiding overworking and overthinking. I draw my inspiration from many different sources. The Bay Area figurative artists, the colorist approach of Fairfield Porter and the abstraction of Nicolas de Stael. In my most recent body of work, I’ve returned to my roots
on the Maine coast. The water has always been a central theme in my life. I never tire of the endless combinations of color and form. Its meditative effects always juxtaposed with its
underlying ferocity. While the repetition of horizontal bands and geometric shapes abstract the scene and calm the mind — the aggressive handling of brush and paint mimic the fluidity
and raw energy of the subject matter.