Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1964 Paula Jane Marie is the eldest of four sisters. She was brought to Canada when she was seven years of age by her parents to avoid "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. Raised in Canada she was exposed to many different forms of art at an early age, due to the extremely creative people in her life who were writers and artists. Learning to express herself through art came easily, and as her love of creative expression grew, so did her palette for drawing and painting.

Paula is primarily self-taught, with a unique eye for colour and contrast, but has always enrolled in art classes sporadically in order to remain exposed to the current trends. She considers herself a life learner, which has helped her remain creative throughout her artistic experiences. Until recently, Paula put art on the back burner to raise a family and pursue a career in healthcare.

The opportunity to become a full time artist presented itself with a move to the country, where inspiration is ever-present, allowing for an abundance of creativity.

Paula's vast array of life experiences, both in her former career working with the elderly and dying, as well as in parenting, have shown her that life is short and you have to live it to the fullest every day. She feels fortunate that art has helped her immensely with this realization and with being self-aware; it is a passion that holds no boundaries for her.

She paints what she feels in her abstracts, and she also paints the beauty of the world on canvas. She sees her talent as a privilege, and the ability to share it as a gift. She views any positive or negative emotion drawn from another with her artwork as a good emotion. Her entire goal is to connect to her audience by evoking emotion, negative and positive alike.

To achieve her paintings, Paula uses whatever it takes to reach the end result, including paintbrushes.

© Paula Jane Marie 2016