Artist Paula Willits

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The Artist Says:

“I love devoting myself to art full time.”

Collectors Say:

“Bill loved the portrait of Akeido. Thank you for taking such care creating it,” Maureen Wildey, collector.

“My life is enhanced by your creativity,” Joy Hunt, collector.

Other Artists Say:

“Congratulations [on winning People’s Choice award for The Cloud Factory]. Good composition...very well done!” Dr. Susanne Schuenke, internationally renown artist.


Paula Willits does not limit herself to one style, preferring to explore everything from realism to Impressionism and abstraction. “I often use bright colors,” she said. “Most of my paintings have that in common.” Paula also enjoys working on various surfaces, including canvas, wood, paper, rocks, and even palm fronds. 
When she retired from publishing in 2014, she dove into the art world. “I was so happy to devote myself to art full time,” Paula said. “I immediately enrolled in classes and workshops to learn the latest media and techniques.”
She also began visiting museums in the U.S. as well as Europe. “It’s great to have time to see famous paintings I had only seen in books,” she added. And tours of modern art galleries resulted in a new-found appreciation of abstraction.
Paula was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents encouraged her artistic skills at a young age, keeping her supplied with pencils and crayons, as well as a variety of art paper.
At the age of six, her natural talent became apparent when the family moved to Georgia. Their new neighborhood was being carved out of the woods, so there was an abundance of wildlife for Paula to sketch, as well as trails and creeks to explore and paint.
In elementary school, she won a number of art contests, and her book reports stood out not for literary insights, but rather for her colorful covers and inside sketches.
Although she received no formal art training, a neighbor who was a commercial artist demonstrated perspective, shading and background techniques. She began exploring new media, such as pastels, pen and ink, and charcoal. “I remember the first big box of pastels my Mother bought me for Christmas,” Paula said. “So many colors; I could hardly wait to try them all!”
When Paula was 13, the family relocated to [...]

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