In 1998, I received my first formal training by my mentor Joe Lafone, a local NC artist. I developed a vision of color, brush techniques and composition. After entering my first show at the Hickory Museum of Art. I won Best in show and Best painting awards. I began doing commission work which then led me to being known as a local painter. For 3 years I would continue my studies with Joe Lafone until leaving NC to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001 on a portfolio scholarship. I was worried that school would destroy the natural creative process. Sure enough it did change my work after learning many techniques and mediums that I continue to use today. I also learned true discipline and began thinking like an artist. My work split into two categories and ultimately fell into place: one consisting of oil paintings and mixed medium paintings on all scales, the other is large interactive installations that consist of functional sculptural art that are based on ideas of porportion and moment. Executed with large sheets of paper, my hand made life sized pushpins and the world's largest encaustic crayons. With these two styles of work it gave me the opportunity to show my work in two seperate forms. Embreo show in 2003. In 2004, Spot 3 show for my large drawings and giant handmade pushpins.
Paul Hunter Speagle