Paula lives in the country west of Nashville, Tennessee, with her eight dogs and a cat. She has built her studio behind her house which includes a dying studio, three looms, a sewing area and a dedicated area for her practice of yoga. The studio has a large front porch overlooking a waterfall pond which she built over a period of three years. Her bloodhounds laze on the porch paying scant attention to her weaving / dying activities.
Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Paula has become acclimated to middle Tennessee with its moderate climate -- the longer growing season allows her to indulge her passion for gardening. Over the past several years, a strong local arts group has developed in Nashville which affords a vibrant interchange of ideas, a host of creative activities, and a community in which to form lasting friendships. Now, if only we could move the Atlantic Ocean to one of Tennessee's borders!
Paula began exhibiting seriously in 2000 and has steadily gained regional and national recognition for her art. She has been involved in The Best of Tennessee Craft Artists exhibitions, the American Craft Council's Regional Spotlight Exhibitions, American Craft Council Fairs and the Judy Chicago Project at Vanderbilt University. In 2009 she received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was a NICHE Award Finalist in the category of Fiber-Wearables for 2010 and Winner in 2011. One of her most cherished honors was being invited to become a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC in 2008.
Iyengar Yoga is another important part of Paula's life. She became certified through a 1,000 hour program and taught in Nashville for several years. She practices and studies daily, finding great joy in both the teachings and poses.