Born in 1977, Paul grew up in Raby Park near Staindrop where the fields, woods and distant moors of the Peninnes had a profound effect on him. He studied drawing and painting at Bretton Hall College of Art, achieving a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. His paintings begin with a walk on the moor or in the fields and woods near his home. Paul starts to paint by applying a ground into which he carves linear markings. These lines give the surface an etched quality which the paint bites into. They represent details like the contours of hillsides, rock forms, animal tracks, stone walls, streams and old mining scars now half reclaimed by nature. He then allows the work to evolve over this surface through the paint itself, forming the ‘geology’ of markings and glazes which echo a spirit of place. The result is that Paul’s work has a strong sense of what he describes as ‘a memory of landscape’.