Paul currently works in his native Northumberland and was a member of the SWLA between 2002 – 2011 and after a gap he was elected an associate member once again in 2022.
Over the years Paul has won several awards including the Bird Illustrator of the Year and PJC awards in 1997/1998. He won the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award in 2002 and the RSPB Art Award in 2004. In 2005 he won the ANF Art Award and more recently Paul was awarded the Swarovski/Birdwatch Artist of the Year in 2022.
Paul has taken part in the SWLA/Aig An Oir project in 2004 and an ANF project in Israel’s Hula Valley in 2009. In 2022 Paul was part of the Argyll Hope Spot snorkeling residency.
Paul’s work has featured in the Aig An Oir publication and the ANF book, ’Drawing Inspiration from the Hula Valley’. Recently his work featured in the books, ’Kingfisher’ and ‘Beauty of the Beast’ by Mascot Media.
Paul is primarily a painter working in mixed media.
All of Paul’s work is based on daily encounters with wildlife and the environment.
The initial response is in watercolour in a sketchbook which then progresses into larger sketches or field paintings depending on time.
These works are then taken to his studio to be further developed or reworked in an attempt to capture the essence of the species and the sense of place.
Certain works demonstrate a more overt reference to environmental issues or climate change but all works have a concern for the natural world as an underlying theme.