Painting is something relatively new for me. I've been drawing and
sketching in different mediums for many years, but I've only picked up an interest in
color and in painting in the past four years or so. I started with computer painting, and
then I took a sabbatical from that to learn about oil painting on canvas. Now I've
returned to computer painting and find that the lessons I've learned on canvas have helped
me a great deal for this medium, too.
As a teenager, I first pursued cartooning. I went from Mad magazineŠstyle cartooning
to political editorial cartooning. There was a period for about five years when I did
nothing artistically at all, from about 1982 to 1987. When I returned to art, I was
interested in figure art, human anatomy, and figure drawing. I had become a comic book
penciler as one of my creative outlets, and that taught me a great deal about human
anatomy and physiology in drawing. The comic book medium is more of a challenge in terms
of learning the purity of drawing than any other art medium I can think of. After several
years of this, everything I drew was from my imagination. I never used a model. It was at
this time that I developed an interest in painting plump women, because I felt I could
finally do them justice.
My interest in large women began at a very young age. I remember checking out art
history books from the library and looking at the Rubens and Titian paintings of nude,
heavy, female figures. Many other artists in Rubens's time depicted equally plump figures,
but Rubens is generally the most remembered. He was simply mirroring the fashion of his
time. I think the world of him.
I've taken art classes, but my art is basically self-taught. My day job is working in
art for advertising and video game companies. But my love of fat women and depiction of
them, in art, is my spiritual core. I'm not sure the art world is ready for me yet! The
main success story of fat people depicted in the fine art world is Fernando Botero's work,
and, in my opinion, Botero uses large people as props, like wax fruit. I don't see any
warmth or affection or human quality in his work.
I've been involved in the size acceptance movement since about 1993 and have many
activist views on the subject. But that's a different interview! To large women I want to
say, You don't have to change anything. You don't have to prove anything. What you may see
as ugly is, to me, really beautiful. Dimples, for example. I don't like the current
buzzword cellulite. When a baby has it, it isn't cellulite, is it? There is so much
brainwashing out there in the media. I wish women could look in the mirror and see the
simple beauty that is there. The truth is, I paint fat women the way they really look. I
don't minimize anything. Nor do I maximize anything for sex-object appeal. I just show
what I see: the natural aesthetic beauty of a fat woman's body.
If you're interested in commissioning art from Paul (or if you'd just like to have a
friendly chat about his favorite subject, large women), call 972-293-7535 or e-mail him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can write to him at P.O.
Box 1418, Cedar Hill, TX 75106-1418.