Atlanta GA (Little Five Points)
Paul: I always drew. I always had a natural ability to draw. I got real good. When I was in the sixth grade they told me I needed to go to school for it so I went to The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Then I went to public school that had a vocational program so I took commercial art there. After that I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and then to The Antonelli Institute. So, I’ve been in art education all my life. Once I got out of school, I never found a job so I ended up painting and drawing on the streets.
Something that I’ve pursued all my life, with as much education as I have and I ended up painting art on the street to live. I take donations and sometimes people give me leftovers.
The irony of this… I used to look at artists on the street growing up and think, “what a bum” and that’s what I turned out to be. I’m making my living out here and I think this is where I’m going to really get my reward for all my efforts. I think God wanted me to see… Because I wasn’t a very humble kid. I was arrogant. I definitely don’t look at people on the street the same. I give to people now. I just really have a different outlook on life, being on the streets. I think that I’m supposed to be here to show people that there are roses that come out of concrete. There are diamonds in the rough.