Paul Schulz is a native of Winter Haven, FL and graduated from Davidson College in 1982 where he majored in economics and minored in art. He worked as a Design Coordinator for Hallmark Card Company until 1985 when he returned to Winter Haven to run the family business, Florida Chemical, which has sold citrus oils since 1942. After serving as the President and CEO of Florida Chemical for 21 years, Paul is now leaving to focus on his art career.
Paul produces original artwork from the studio at his home in Florida. Wildlife has thus far been the focus of his art. He has traveled extensively collecting reference for his work including several trips to South America. Paul prefers to use vibrant color in his paintings to reflect the spectacular array of color found in nature.
Paul has been involved in several projects including illustrating "Under the Panther Moon" and "Law Matters," by former Florida Senator Rick Dantzler. This project was especially rewarding for Paul because the graphite sketches are similar to the engravings his grandfather, William Pringle, did for the U.S. Mint. The books and sketches for the Dantzler project can be seen in the catalog. Other projects include painting a butterfly sculpture for the Kaleidoscope fundraiser for the City of Lakeland.
Another project near to Paul's heart is the Bouvier Initiative at Emory University. He donated the "Emory Eagle" original painting to the fund raising effort currently taking place. His efforts at Emory have given him the opportunity to meet some extrodinary people. You can read more about the Bouvier Initiative and Paul's celebrity encounters in the news.