A Life’s Work
Being both a painter and an illustrator has given M.P. Wiggins an opportunity to live in many different worlds. She has worked with publishers and art directors to create art for magazines, books, posters, calendars, and CD covers. For 7 years she had a stock illustration site “TheSpiritSource.com”, that provided images from a large group of talented artists for the publishing trade.
But her first love is painting, although “painting” may not be enough of a word to describe the building up of a canvas with paper, found objects, paint, charcoal, more paint, and varnish. Paula received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and continued to learn by attending other schools and workshops: the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
“Paula Wiggins’ work deals more abstractedly with personal experience, in compositions so perfectly rendered that they mirror the mind’s selection through memory, a sorting-out process that leaves the nuggets and often eliminates the chaff. She uses musical notations and parts of scores as well as printed newspaper material in her collages-often superimposed upon the alphabet, a primal and primary intellectual structure, and brilliant reds, purples and greens to suggest emotional states through artist representation.”
BDeemer Gallery, Louisville KY
BDeemer Gallery is located in Louisville’s historic Crescent Hill neighborhood and has been dealing with fine art since 1972. 2650 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.
Atelier Gallery, 153 King Street,Charleston, SC.
Art Design Consultants, 310 Culvert Street, Cincinnati, OH.
St. Anthony Messenger Press
Worked on many publications from St. Anthony Messenger Press, including magazines, newsletters, and CD covers from 1991 to the present.
American Catholic Experience
Illustrated book covers for 6 works dealing with lay Catholics and their struggles with life.
Liturgy Training Publications
Catholic Prayer Book
Supplied complete black and white drawings and icons for large prayer book used in schools. 2005.
Completed series of watercolored block prints, 2011.
Sundays and Seasons, 2011-2012
Completed a series of black and white illustrations for Sundays and Seasons, 2010 and 2011.