Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spotlight on Paula Art

                                                                                    puzzle assemblage

Having grown up in Illinois, Paula, of PaulaArt, spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where for 20 years she worked as a massage therapist. You could say that her creative journey began at age 42 when in 2003 she set off in search of a change. Traveling and camping along the way, “I had this intuitive feeling about 'being an artist' when I hit the road, and a year later I found myself in Vermont making art using found objects.” 

                                            some of her popular industrial vases  and blooms

She describes her path to becoming an artist as “the path of no return”. She continues,
“Sometimes you just can't keep doing the same thing, your body or mind will 'break' and you have no choice but to change.  Art has been an ever changing path as it seems to require constant change, constant growth.  I cannot stand doing the same thing for too long, I get bored, restless if you will so what I love about being an artist is the freedom and ability to constantly change and grow.”

Currently, at 49, Paula is living in Huntsville, Texas, wondering what her next move
should be. Having moved around every few years, she is now looking for “a more supportive art community” where she can root herself more permanently.

That place will ideally be large enough to house the tools of her trade along with the raw materials she collects. Currently, she works around her lack of workspace, “I guess having a small work/storage area keeps me from collecting too much stuff; it's frustrating to say the least.  I have adapted though as now I make smaller works and am more motivated to sell it so I'm not tripping over art in my loft!” 

                                                   one of Paula's lovely rustic candle holders

Her favorite tool is her Dremel, a handy and versatile piece of equipment. A bench grinder and metal cutting saws are also part of the collection. Wood cutting tools and various other hand tools complete the picture. “I barely have room for this stuff but when you need the job done you gotta have the right tools!” Spoken like a true craftsman!

                                                             redwood assembledges

When she lived in Vermont, Paula sold her work through galleries and retail shops. Since moving to Texas, she has focused on etsy as a means of selling, and appreciates the fact that she no longer has to drive hundreds of miles, lugging her stuff around from venue to venue. She adds that since etsy added the activity page,  “marketing feels even easier”.
Paula uses her blog and a facebook page, but lately has been directing most her activity towards etsy. That includes opening her second shop IndustrialBloom in January of this year.  

                                                             industrial blooms

Paula is dedicated to her life as an artist. To be able to continue with her art, she finds odd cleaning jobs that bring in extra money when her sales are down. “[I] never thought I'd be doing that at my age, it keeps me motivated to give this art life all I've got!!!”
So if any of you gentle readers know of a good living situation with plenty of workspace…

And what does Paula do when she has some free time? “Well, I used to love to hike but its flat here in Texas.  I actually live in a pretty boring area so when I'm not making art about all I have to do is read or walk/bike ride or watch netflix movies.  I'm looking forward to the day I live in a more interesting area.  No distractions here, but then again, since becoming an artist I keep it pretty simple”.  


You can visit both of Paula’s shops on etsy.                                    

visit her on facebook at;


  1. Great feature! I just LOVE Paula's work!

  2. nice profile of a very, interesting artist. great work, paula and betsy

  3. amasing ART work! Just love all Paulas creations!

  4. Paula's creations are really distinctive & I think it's so wonderful that she makes such beautiful (& useful) art out of found objects which would otherwise go to waste. Interesting to learn a bit more about the artist behind it all & hoping Paula finds a living situation that suits her better soon.

  5. Such a wonderful artist!
    Love your work! Do never give it up!!

  6. i love you guys...thank you!!

  7. Yayyy...great interview and spotlight on Paula--such a distinctive voice and a soul-artist. I hope you find the great community you are looking for, and a bigger space. You certainly have the energy and creativity!

  8. Paula has been an inspiration to many -- both in the artistry and inventiveness of her work, and her total dedication -- full speed ahead -- to her art. Kudos P! And Betsy -- wonderful feature!

  9. I so enjoyed reading this post! Paula, your work is so creative and fabulous! Work like yours helps to keep me motivated! Wishing all good things, and a roomy place, to come your way soon! You deserve it! ~Debbie :)

  10. Great post about Paula's excellent work and herself of course :-) It must have taken a lot of guts just to get up an go traveling at 42. Hope you find your dream studio and living space :-)

  11. How wonderful to get a better picture of you. Isn't it amazing how an artist has a tug a war with work space. Sounds like you have some fun tools though.

  12. Bravo, Ladies.
    Here's wishing and visualizing that perfect living space for you, Paula.

  13. a great interview of Paula and I love her work - lucky to own some pieces!!
    I hope Paula finds just the perfect place to live and create more art.

  14. just caught up today with this one-- a beautiful spread and gorgeous picks featuring all of paula's textured and earthy industrial creations!! cheers to paula!!

  15. I love the intuitive way you work- hope you find your next happy hom soon.

  16. Paula, I love your work! What a wonderful interview are a true artist...never stop!



  17. Your devotion to art is amazing Paula
    Your work are amazing, i love your "flowers" in the new shop .
    Good luck Yael

  18. Paula, I love your work! You are so much fun! Betsy, this is a fantastic interview!