Paul Power was born in Brisbane in 1957. Throughout his life he been involved with creating art in many forms with career stints as an ice sculptor, a custom leather crafter and an art teacher. For many years he has worked in the Visual Arts Department at the Woodford Folk Festival creating and collaborating on large scale art installations for the festival streets. He studied art under the guidance of Pir Tareen.
Over the last few years Paul has spent weekends in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and has a small studio there. This has rekindled his passion for painting and he has been inspired by the beautiful rural landscapes, the beaches, and the magnificence of the Glasshouse Mountains. Most of his art is oil on canvas but he also paints with acrylic and pastels. He paints in a realistic style using traditional techniques. More recently he has also been experimenting with a more abstract style.
The subjects for his recent paintings are mostly iconic forms unique to the Sunshine Coast. He has been fascinated by the different faces of Mount Tibrogargan and the ever changing sculptural form of the Dicky Beach Wreck. Living on a small farm has also inspired paintings of the animals, market garden and rural scenes.