Having come from a family of artists, Paul Rhymer followed tradition by drawing and painting his entire life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college, he began looking for a job as an illustrator. He set out designing and illustrating brochures at the Smithsonian Institution. He soon moved into a position as a Model-maker and Taxidermist, where he remained for 25 years, following the career path of his father, who was also a museum taxidermist. Paul’s experience with taxidermy kept him closely connected to wildlife and his interest in sculpting, since he often created exhibits with natural history themes. Paul’s practical skill gave him a unique understanding of the anatomy of animals and their habitat, and before long he began translating his impressions of wildlife and nature into his own sculptures. Now an avid birder, waterfowl hunter and experienced taxidermist, Paul’s anatomical and behavioral lessons of the natural world continue to inspire his sculpture and shape his artistic career. Since 1999 he has developed a prolific body of work in bronze including all walks of life from birds and mammals to garden sculptures.
Paul’s work is skillfully crafted, and through the unique and bold surface textures he develops, he leaves his distinctive imprint as the artist and creator of each piece. His sculptures range in size from two inches to six feet, are admired on table and shelf surfaces and as free-standing sculptures and garden installations that allow each piece to interact with nature.
Paul 's most notable awards include Best of Show for Sculpture at the Ward World Championships for Wildfowl Art, Award of Excellence for the Society of Animal Artists, the Bedi-Makki Prize from the National Sculpture Society and Best of Show for Sculpture at NatureWorks. His work has been juried into many prestigious exhibitions including Birds in Art, Art and the Animal, the National Sculpture Society, a four-artist exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and most recently a solo show at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. His sculpture span numerous public and private collections throughout the US including Town of Summerville, SC, the Denver Zoo, Hiram Blauvelt Museum of Wildlife Art, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Woodson Art Museum and most recently he permanently installed a piece at the National Zoo. He also was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Paul resides with his wife, Carolyn, in Point of Rocks, Maryland.