Paul demonstrated a natural talent for drawing at an early age. He won several local art competitions as a youth and was selected as a Maryland State Scholar in the Visual Arts for gifted high school students. During his teen years, he started to paint in oil and acrylics, quickly learning the dynamics of the mediums. However, Paul followed another calling and joined the United States Navy.
Having never stopped thinking about pursuing a career as an artist, he worked on his degree in art throughout his naval career by attending evening classes during his shore duty rotations. Whenever Paul’s ships made port visits in the Mediterranean, he became an impromptu tour guide for his buddies, discussed the historical aspects and art techniques used in various pieces of art throughout European cities.
He began to paint in earnest in 2006. He successfully began selling his work in shows and galleries. After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2008, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Old Dominion University in 2009.
Paul built his first art studio in 2006 at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With the full support of his wife, Kimberly, he started his business, Emig Impressions. His work has been displayed in numerous shows, galleries and festivals along the U.S. east coast. Paul resides in Cocoa Beach and displays his work at shows and galleries.