Paul was born in 1967 and raised in North Carolina. At the age of ten, he received classical drawing lessons from painter D. Jeffrey Mims to whom he would return to university studies for an extensive apprenticeship on several large mural projects.
In 1988 he journeyed to Florence, Italy for two years training at Studio Cecil-Graves under the tutelage of Charles Cecil and Daniel Graves. Continuing his education, he studied in museums in England and traveled around Europe, returning to Italy six months later to help Daniel Graves open the Florence Academy of Art.
After painting and teaching at the Academy for two years, he returned to North Carolina in 1992. There he set up a studio where he continued to paint as well as teach a select number of students. That summer, he assisted D. Jeffrey Mims in teaching a workshop on plein air figure and portrait painting. He had a series of one-man shows in North Carolina and Hollis Taggart Galleries in Washington D.C.
He has exhibited with teachers and peers in Florence Academy Alumni exhibitions in London, England, The Italian Institute in San Francisco, California and the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida as well as in numerous solo and group shows in the US, Asia, and Europe.
In London, he has exhibited in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries and had an exhibition of figure drawings at the Groucho Club in Soho.
In 2003 Paul took part in “Realism Revisited,” an exhibition of former teachers at the Florence Academy of Art that was held at the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen, Germany, Hirschl and Adler Galleries in New York City and Century Gallery in Washington DC.
In 2005 he was part of “The Next Generation of Realists” exhibition at The Forbes Galleries in New York. Paul is a signatory of the Slow Art Manifesto. Paul is represented by Gladwell & Patterson in London where he exhibits biennially. His pictures hang in public and private collections throughout the world.