The Mystical Art of Paxton
Paxton was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1970. At the age of 4 his parents moved back to their hometown of Athens, Alabama where they built a house on Elk River outside of town. Paxton spent most of his childhood there roaming freely in the surrounding woods.
From a very young age Paxton showed signs of an active imagination and a growing creative ability. This was seen in his regular acts of sculpting his food into art forms at the dinner table and his miniature creations of boats and cities down to the last detail, ready for their small inhabitants. With his love for animals and nature, Paxton's first thoughts were of becoming a wildlife artist, but there was also his overflowing imagination and vivid dreams that seemed to put a unique twist on his art.
Paxton loved to draw like many children and when he won his first art award for a drawing of a clown bouncing on springs with a frog in the rain at age 7 he was hooked. Throughout his early years, his time was filled with creating his art.
When Paxton was 13 his father bought a Salvador Dali print and he was introduced to the world of Surrealism. Here were a group of artists whose works gave some justification for his unique imagination.
Paxton went on to earn a scholarship in both art and tennis to attend Queens University in Charlotte, NC. By the end of his second year his sights became set on putting all his efforts into becoming a professional artist. Graduating from Queens University in 1991 with a double major in studio art and art history, Paxton packed up his things and headed west to California to pursue his art career.
By this time Paxton's oil paintings had grown to portray all the characteristics of the great Surrealist movement of the 1930's. But all this was about to change.
While in San Francisco Paxton landed his first big art opening at the Trojanosca Gallery and moved about 2 hours south to the Monterey peninsula where he began paining for the upcoming show. It was during this time that he wrote "10th Dimensional Theology", a strange writing that changed all his theories and concepts on the make-up of dreams. This new writing led to the creation of Midrealism in 1992, an artistic belief system based on dreams, which started his art career off at full force.
Paxton's career has blossomed and grown over the years with numerous shows, awards and publications. Midrealism has been his main focus until 2003 when he began creating a new imaginative fantasy art world called Tridoria.
This new world, while still occasionally using dreams as inspiration, does not follow the theories and guidelines laid down in the writings of Midrealism. Tridoria is based more on creating a unique mystical fantasy art world full of fascinating characters, races and environments.
Paxton also began creating hand carved and cast sterling silver jewelry along side his wife in 2009. His jewelry business has grown to become a main focus in his life and career. To view Paxton's wearable works of art please visit his website Paxton Jewelry or his Etsy Shop
Currently Paxton resides and is a full time artist on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in California with his wife Marne, daughter Trinity and dog Benny Boy.