Introducing Paul Brand

Self Portrait

This 22 x 30 watercolor is my self portrait at age 66 (some time ago). I am surfing on my favorite No. 16 round watercolor sable, with my other favorite brush, a one inch flat, in the background. See if you can find the tubes of paint in the three primary colors. Rusty, my dog at the time, is long gone.

Why I paint

I paint for the pleasure of putting color on paper, and to create paintings that fuse realistic images and strong abstract designs. I seek to create a design that shows why I chose the subject, the light in the scene and the color. I favor bright color and bold designs. Some of my favorite artists include John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Mary Cassat and Tiepolo. I work in watercolor, pastels, acrylic and charcoal, using the unique qualities of each medium to suit my my passion for painting.

A Short Bio

I was born in 1940 and raised in the Bronx. My father was a chef who left school in the fifth grade to work and help feed his family. Growing up in New York City, he educated himself in art, music and literature with all the advantages afforded by the city, and shared his knowledge with my brother and I. I had a cousin and uncle who were artists. The family met in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the adults argued passionately about politics (although they all agreed with each other). Meanwhile I was led by the hand through the galleries of Rembrandts, Vermeers, Monets, etc. etc. Familiarity with this great museum sustained my love of art, although I pursued a career in Biomedical Science, the other passion I enjoyed.

Over the years, I have attended over 20 workshops on watercolor, acrylic and pastel painting, with Fred Graff, Viana Szabo, Frank Webb, and Ed Whitney.

Currently, I paint for myself, and teach at the Toledo Museum of Art, The Toledo Artists’ Club, and other venues.

I earned a BSc from the City College o f New York in 1962, and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Rochester in 1972. I was a member of the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio from 1975 until retiring in 2012.

Galleries and Juried Exhibitions

Over the years, I have attend over 20 workshops on watercolor and pastel painting with Fred Graff, Vianna Szabo, Frank Webb and Ed Whitney. Currently I continue to paint, and to teach at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Artists’ Club and other venues.

Collectors Corner, Toledo Museum of Art
Art ElementZ Gallery, Sylvania, Ohio
More than 30 awards at the Crosby Festival of the Arts, Art on the Mall, University of Toledo, The Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, Ohio, and the Toledo Artists’ Club
Acceptance in the annual Watercolor Ohio exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society in 2005, 2006, and 2020. In 2006 and 2020 his painting was selected for the Traveling Show.
Ohio Art League Fall Juried Show, Columbus, Ohio
Fine Arts Exhibit, Professional Level, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio 2015
The Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University at Mansfield, Ohio
The Great Lakes Pastel Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Wassenberg Art Center, June Art Exhibit, Van Wert, Ohio
Accepted in the Portrait Invitational Show in 2012, the T Meme Show and People on Paper Show, 2015, Community Gallery, Toleo, Museum of Art.
Paul’s paintings are in the permanent collections at the University of Tiffin and Stark State College, North Canton, Ohio