As a child, Indiana-based artist Paul Moschell, knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. When questioned by his grade-school teacher, Moschell did not hesitate in answering, "A mermaid." Yet when said teacher informed him that was not a possibility, Moschell then decided to become an artist. If the fantastic world he aspired to live in did not exist, he would create his own in high-pigment watercolor on archival paper and happily reside there. Moschell finds solidarity in his portraits of obscure and despondent people. "I didn't make friends well as a child," says Moschell, 36, of growing up in a traditional family with a minister father. "I drew on my folders [in school] all the time. That's where I made my friends ... They come from my imagination." And much like true friends, Moschell sees his imaginative depictions as live entities that both accept and support him: "My portraits are odd and lonely and beautiful ...When I wake up, the first thing I do is go to my studio space to revisit what consumed me the night before. [My paintings] are always there. They challenge me to be better and accept me as a beautiful creature, as I accept them." Moschell admits to not readily engaging the world outside his studio. "I have no interest in dealing with reality," he says. A full time artist, when not painting Moschell spends time the majority of his free time, "eating and taking naps."
"The Many Faces of Paul Moschell" is on exhibit in our South Entry Gallery -- meet the interesting personalities that inhabit the Denver artist's world, and take one (or more) home with you! These beautiful original high-pigment watercolors are ready to hang on your wall -- all under $400!