When asked about his latest work "Tribute to Our Fallen", this is what Paul had to say: "I believe this to be one of my most powerful pieces done to date. Not in discerning the artistic talent portrayed, but in the actual message and feelings conveyed. Each person who views this piece will receive something different. Some will see the horror that unfolded that day, some the bravery , others the aftermath and the sorrow, and yet even some, will see the strength and the rebuilding of those involved. Each will receive exactly what it is they require from this piece and ones perception of it can alter too as time moves on, after all, reality is in the mind of the perceiver."
Biography: The Word of Artist: Fire E Scapes by retired North York Fire Captain/Artist Paul Beckingham Paul is a retired Fire Captain from the City of Toronto Ont.Canada . His interest in art began at an early age ranging from ordinary cartooning to political humor content. Time progressed and Paul entered into the Canadian Navy at which point he became interested in oils and did a number of seascapes and sunsets. He had no formal training in art perse, but was open to many forms of artistic input. He would draw cartoons for his fellow shipmates to send home to their families and did numerous murals on board ship and ashore. His contribution to the Christmas ship decorating contest, utilizing his art , won the ship he was on the Grand title three years running. Time moved on and Paul joined the Fire Service and began painting firefighting scenes in oils. These scenes can be seen online as prints, being that the majority of the originals sold quite readily . Then another shift took hold in Paul's artistic output as he began drawing structures in not only in pen and ink, but water colors and oils too. In these mediums he can portray firehouses, apparatus (fire trucks), and private homes, all from a photo provided. Paul's latest work is entitled "Tribute To our Fallen" and the original has since been donated to the Firefighters of the City of New York. On top of this he has also offered 10% of all proceeds from this print, which you may view on his website along with his other art, to be donated to the fund in New York City. He has been in contact with a local Toronto television station (City TV)and they have carried the story on this. If you wish to view this piece and Paul's other work you may find him online at http://log.on.ca/firescapes or if you wish to send him any comments or ask any questions regarding his art, or services (house portraits, firehouses etc) you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Paul is presently doing work for custom home builders , drawing three dimensional renditions from two dimensional blue prints. As you can see he is very flexible in his art and is always willing to take on new challenges.
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