As he creates images infused with the purity of the moment, Paul Hartel paints with a playful sense of freedom and an energetic vibrancy. His paintings surge with an expressively joyful abstraction, filled with explosive movements of color and texture, at times referencing reality with elements of figures and scenes as he brings to life a rhythmic spontaneity and raw dynamism. Throughout Hartel’s art one discovers a celebration of the inner child, as he makes the subconscious visual with an interpretive jazz styling. Building his works in oil and acrylic paints on canvas, Hartel occasionally adds charcoal and uses a variety of tools and techniques to apply his mediums, including pouring, scraping, and his fingers.
Raised in upstate New York, Paul Hartel has lived throughout the United States and Ireland and now resides in West Virginia, where in addition to his career as an artist and photographer, he also works as a physician specializing in pathology. He has achieved a Master’s degree in Psychology and Medical Science as well as his Doctorate in Medicine.