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Paul McMillan
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Paul McMillan is a self-taught artist best known for his landscapes and still life paintings. Paul's style ranges from classical to abstract and occasionally included his original poetry and music as subject matter. His artwork is strong in light, shadow and atmosphere, with deep, rich colors. Most of Paul's paintings are created with a wet color technique, using stand oil mixed with small amounts of beeswax and mastic resin as a medium. This adds to the depth and luminosity of pigments and works well for both impasto and smooth surfaces. A very thin coat of varnish is used as a to protect the finished painting without altering the sheen or texture. Many of the frames for his paintings are made from scratch and are hand carved and guild.
 
Paul is also an accomplished sculptor specializing in portraiture and the human form. Having a flair for detail a number of fine quality rings and jewelry have been commissioned.
 
Music is an on going interest that has lead Paul to composing approximately twenty musical compositions having words and music (songs) the classical guitar is the instrument of his choice. One of the major pursuits of artist Paul McMillan is to include his original written words and music in to his still life paintings as subject matter.
 
The written word is a medium in which Paul has created several dozen poems. Paul is the author of a book titled "Last Painter Leaves Martyrs' Lane.
 
Paul is a 1972 graduate of Graford High School in Graford, Texas. He began pursuing art as a profession in 1978 and has received numerous awards, including:
1986 -- Texas State Sesquicentennial Artist of the Year Contest, runner-up
1986 -- Texas Sesquicentennial Bell Telephone Cover Contest, Finalist
1995 -- Best of Show at Taos Spring Arts
1999 -- Second Overall, "25th Anniversary Taos Fall Arts Festival," Taos, NM
2001 -- First Place, "20th Annual Art Exhibit," Lewisburg Festival of The Arts, Lewisburg, PA
2011 -- Jurors Choice, "Halo Exhibit" Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Pittsburgh, PA
2011 -- Best of Show, "37th Annual, Westmoreland Art Nationals," Youngwood, PA
2011 -- Peoples Chioce, "37th Annual, Westmoreland Art Nationals," Twin Lakes, PA
2011 -- Merit Award "Hoyt Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition," New Castle, PA
2012 -- Joan Swanson Macey Award, "2012 Annual Exhibition" Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Pgh, PA
2012 -- Inclusion in the Greater Latrobe School District Special Art Collection, Latrobe, PA
2013 -- Peoples Choice "17th Annual Exhibition," Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier, PA
2013 -- Juror's Award, "Midland Arts Council Summer Exhibition," Midland, PA
2013 -- Peoples Choice "38th Annual, Westmoreland Art Nationals," Westmoreland Community College, Youngwood, PA
2013 -- Peoples Choice "38th Annual, Westmoreland Art Nationals," Westmoreland Art & Heritage Festival, Twin Lakes, PA
2013 -- First Place, oil/acrylic "Monroeville Arts Council 24th Art Show," Monroeville, PA
2013 -- Second Place, "Banana Split Exhibit," Great American Banana Split Exhibit, Latrobe Art Center , Latrobe, PA
2013 -- Juror's Choice, "Sanctuary Exhibit" Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 -- Jurors Award, "91st Annual Spring Show" Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
2014 -- Jurors Award, Summer Exhibition, Midland Art Council, Midland , PA
2014 -- First Place "Art for the Heart," Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 -- Award, "Dia de los Muertos Topeka Art Exhibit," Topeka, KS
2014 -- Award of Merit, "19th Annual Exhibition, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, PA
2015 -- Jurors Award, "92nd Annual Spring Show" Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
2015 -- Peoples Choice "41th Annual, Westmoreland Art Nationals," Westmoreland Art & Heritage Festival, Twin Lakes, PA
2016 -- NPAA Award "93rd Annual Spring Show," Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
 
Born in Topeka, Kansas 1954, raised in Texas. Lived in Taos, NM and Ithaca, NY. Paul now lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA
 

 
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