Paul Sumner

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Beer Cap Wahoo
Beer Cap Seabass
"Crazy Quilt" Seabass
Greensboro, North Carolina

Paul’s work has evolved over the years to become an expression of all his passions, not just his love of the medium of wood. He began more than twenty years ago as a traditional wood craftsman, making jewelry boxes and furniture. His interests branched out to explore the textural possibilities of wood, then to color, and on to the addition of other materials until his work became truly mixed media.

Animals have become a dominant theme. Paul is drawn to dogs, birds and fish. Fish are a perfect canvas for his exploration of color, texture and pattern. Paul is drawn to realistic body shapes, but allows for the surface decoration to become his whimsy.

Paul’s most recent work involves combining metal with wood. An avid antique tin collector, he has used a variety of metals to add color and pattern to the visual realm. He likes to hint at a subtle bit of humor in his work.