Born in Houston, Texas. Paul Atwell and family have lived in League City, Texas for over 70 years. He came from a family of artists. His mother, father, and grandmother were/are artists. At age 7 he decided to become an artist and has worked to that goal ever since. Unlike his family he is the first to make art professionally. Paul’s mother and grandmother noticed he had the passion and talent and enrolled him in after-school art programs beginning in grade 2.
Paul loves making art, painting and drawing were his absolute favorites. He soon learned there was a VAST world of media out there to explore. As soon as he discovered ceramics and print-making he fell in love. Attending Clear Creek High School in 1995, his art teachers inspired him to open up even more and submit works to competitions. After a few projects in High School he began my career as a mural artist. In 1998 after high school he attended San Jacinto Junior College. Paul painted murals for local coffee shops, bookstores, day spas, the St. Regis hotel (Houston), and San Jacinto Junior College South campus (collaborative). In 2000 he transferred to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where his love for ceramics, sculpture, and print-making flourished.
In 2002 Paul was selected for the foreign exchange program to exchange to Xalapa, Veracruz Mexico. This experience was life-changing. He had never been in an immersive environment that revered art and artists as a sacred part of society. After Mexico Paul began his career in the corporate world. His plan was to become a graphic designer by day, artist by night; satisfying his need for stability, and his passion for art as a creative outlet.
Currently, Paul has chosen to focus on insects and arachnids because, bugs teach us that life depends on the small things that we take for granted every day, beautiful or otherwise.