About Dryad Design
Paul and his wife Suzanne on Dryad and its mission:
We honor all the many and varied paths to Spirit. We created this business to serve spirituality and connect to ancestral heritage. For both of us the primary motivation is service, connection to spirit and to share with others of similar passions. We love what we do and the spirituality we serve.
Each piece also represents the countless hours Paul spends in the woods, allowing the universe to dance images and thoughts through his mind, endless drawings to get the composition just right, photo shoots to ensure the pose and attitude are aligned with his vision, and much time spent in ritual and prayer. All of that is an integral part of the creative process.
Where does Paul get his ideas?
Truly each piece is a co-creation. Paul works with a deity to understand their energy, their mythology, their traditions, and the ways in which they have been worshiped through time. Then through ritual and meditation he waits until he gets a very clear image of how that deity wishes to be portrayed today. Our spirituality is not static; it is always evolving. Paul honors that.
In order for Paul to maintain this tremendous channel of energy and inspiration that runs through him constantly, he needs to balance it with a great deal of quiet and alone time. Each morning, he and his dog head off into the woods, no matter what the weather is doing, and in Vermont, that can be pretty severe. Often you will find Paul greeting the dawn on the top of Mount Worcester, where he says prayers every visit at what he calls the "prayer stone." So his ideas come from many places.
What is Paul's Training?
If you ask him Paul will say his greatest teacher was his mother. While other kids were climbing trees and making mud pies, Paul was learning perspective and composition. He LOVED it, and he was a gifted artist from the time he could hold a pencil.
Paul attended Minuteman Technical School in MA for commercial art. Instead of going to college, he took a job at a sawmill up the road from his childhood home. About this time, he was also learning about Wicca. From there he got a job as a sign carver and really refined his carving skills. He also began to sell hand-carved wands. His dream job was to become a full time decorative carver. That job came to him while he was still in his early twenties, and he carved church interiors and statues for many years. He and Suzanne birthed Dryad Design together in 1994. Now he gets to "carve his own Gods" and do what he loves full time. He views his clients not as those who take the images home to grace their altars, but as the Goddesses and Gods themselves. For Paul, his artwork is truly an act of complete devotion.
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