Paul Fortis received a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and printmaking at UC Santa Cruz and has been creating fine art for over 30 years. His works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Among these exhibitions is the Santa Cruz Open Studios, in which Paul has participated since 1988. His work can be seen in local Santa Cruz and Capitola galleries in addition to being represented by various publishers and art representatives. Both prints and originals can also be found in private and corporate collections
Paul's primary expertise are chalk pastels. Using his tools, Paul renders fantastic landscapes full of color and spacious skies. His images depict the natural beauty of the regions surrounding his home town, the rustic charm of quaint Hawaiian chapels, the vibrant colors of Giverny gardens, and any other location he is fortunate enough to visit. In many instances, Paul will take photographic reference for his paintings; however, nothing is better than painting on location. Whenever he can, Paul escapes the studio with his easel in tow to set up shop on a rocky cliff edge overlooking the ocean or overlooking a fecund valley.