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Congratulations to Paul Carley for winning Best in Show at the 2024 Festival Poster Exhibit and Competition. Paul’s winning work will be featured on the 2024 Festival of the Arts Poster. Read below for a short Q&A with Paul on his work, inspiration and background.

The 2024 Festival posters will be sold during Festival weekend as well as raffle tickets to win the original artwork!


Where are you from/what is your background and how does that affect your work?

I grew up in Boston and Roslindale. I had a good friend in younger years whose Mom belonged to the Museum of Fine Arts and brought us there quite often. I knew where every exhibit was in the Museum at one time. In Junior High and High School I attended art classes three days a week in the MFA basement. Being exposed to fine art frequently set me on my way. MassArt followed for two years. So lucky I was!

What motivates you to create?

Motivate to create is a tough question. I enjoy painting so much. I ‘challenge myself’ all the time with mixing color on palettes, creating new colors on the canvas & creating new subject matter. I stick with my routine of painting every day & sticking with my plan of painting landscapes, portraits & still lifes, and then back again. But always try something different.

How did you get involved at NRAS?

I probably entered a piece in a show there a while ago. I had such a good feeling about the people I met who worked there, who were members there and the people who stopped in to see the wonderful art that is always on display there, I couldn’t leave. Such a lively and encouraging atmosphere filled with kind people!!!
I love it!

How do you define success as an artist? 

As an artist, defining success for me is to create something I haven’t done before. Whether it be with color or subject. Also success for me is having someone like my work enough to hang it in their home or office (and when I hear “your work is cool”).

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