Growing up in the SF East Bay, Paula lived with her artistically talented mother and older sisters, but never was particularly drawn to art. Throughout her work years, she tried many artistic endeavors, including decorating cakes, including wedding cakes, which she did for many years. She only began to draw after she retired from Alameda County Library in 2014. She attended an art class at the Senior Center and soon developed a love of and talent for colored pencil art. She joined CPSA in 2015 and took as many workshops as possible to develop her skills.
She has been interested in photography since she received her first camera at thirteen and was especially drawn to photos of animals and colorful or exotic flowers, and she uses those photos for references as she strives for realism in her art. She wants to explore other subjects, such as landscapes and seascapes.
She is also a member of San Leandro Art Association (SLAA) and A.R.T. Inc. of Castro Valley. Her drawings have been published several times in Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine and CP Hidden Treasures. Her art has been juried into the Alameda County Fair several times, and she received a Best of Class award in 2016. She has received awards in the CPSA DC210 show, “Explorations in Colored Pencil” and the California State Fair, where she received a Certificate of Merit. Her most recent accomplishment was to be juried into the CPSA 27thInternational Exhibition in 2019.