In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Paul Rhymer
After receiving an associate of arts degree in 1984 in painting and drawing, Paul Rhymer worked at the
Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making for twenty-five years. He retired in 2010.
Having done so much three-dimensional work in his job, in the late 1990s, he gradually began to move from painting and drawing into sculpture. A
Tipping the Scales
12” x 9” x 5”
I love the beautiful patterns and shapes of these sweet little “Blue Quail” from the Southwest. I’m sorry Audubon never got far enough west to collect and paint these little guys.
42″ x 20″ x 18″
Wood ducks are, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful birds in North America. I first heard them referred to them as Summerducks by an Old Timer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I came across it again when reading an Audubon biography that he also referred to woodies as Summerducks. Good enough for me.
China Cat Sunflower
24” x 15” x 8”
“China Cat Sunflower” is another piece that pays homage to my love of music. It celebrates my college years where I was a dedicated driver for a bunch of Deadheads. The song is a particularly trippy bit of poetry-so fun. The piece also combines my love of sunflowers and birds.
36” x 28” x 26”
Tom is looking for romance. The candidate is on the stump, can he find any takers for what he’s offering? As he preens and poses he looks magnificent and ridiculous at the same time. This was inspired on a turkey hunt during the 2016 campaign.
Death of Athena
52” x 15” x 12”
The owl is a symbol for the goddess of Athena. She is the goddess of, among other things, science, art
All Along the Watchtower
Bronze on wood
76” x 18” x 18”
“All Along the Watchtower” is from a series of pieces that I did as love letters to Rock and Roll; a tribute to both Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.