a journey between the brushes
When I was asked to write this book, I must admit I was very hesitant because such a project is not usually what I undertake. In fact, I nearly said no to the project because being a published author of six books, I felt it was time that somebody financially honoured me for my endeavours.
After several E Mail’s back and forward with Gabriel, Paul’s agent, and explaining to him, and Paul, that people cannot expect authors like myself to spend time on such a project without some form of guaranteed finance, it appeared the book would have to be written by somebody else. However, after thinking seriously about Paul’s wonderful paintings, and talent; deep inside, I really did not want to miss this great opportunity.
So, after a short break in communications, and Gabriel asking me if there could be some form of compromise re financing the project, I decide to go ahead without any form of financial advance. I must admit after completing the project, it has given me great pleasure because my wife is a superb artist too, and we know all about the pitfalls, and financial problems surrounding most artists. Although my wife, Elisabeth Johnson, was very successful in selling her works to the general public, there was no way the finances generated could provide a steady income. This dilemma, mentioned many times in the book, is Paul’s problem now.
In taking on the project we are obviously hoping that the book will increase awareness surrounding this undoubtedly talented artist. He deserves the acknowledgements that will arrive very soon, I am sure of that, and to be part of his future success story is indeed a great honour.
From Paul, Gabriel and myself, I sincerely hope his story will have touched you, and his paintings mesmerized you, just like I have been mesmerized by many of his superb works.