Paul was born in Lancashire in 1954. His art education started at Warrington School of Art before moving on to Stoke on Trent School of Art. He finally undertook a postgraduate course at Goldsmiths College at the University of London. He taught for ten years in comprehensive schools in Inner London before moving to Shrewsbury.

In 1977 he moved to St Ives. He has said of his work "For many years I painted solely in oils, experimenting with abstraction and using colour to "push" and "pull"m whilst retaining a strong landscape content within the painting. When I moved to Cornwall, my fascination with the Penwith coast led me to turn towards the sea for inspiration. The ever-changing weather conditions and lighting effects, combined with the raw energy of the Atlantic have provided me with an enormous range of artistic possibilities. Although my present work is representational, I feel there are still elements of abstraction in the composition. Acrylic is now my preferred medium. The modern "heavy body" acrylics are as versatile as traditional oil paints (if not more so). Strong colours, permanence, a wide range of glazes, emulsions and additives, for opacity, transparency and texture and its quick-drying make it an ideal medium for my work.

Paul is a member of the National Acrylic Painters Association.