Paul Summerfield

Paul's distinctive rich, dreamy, and sometimes comical landscapes feature alongside other local artworks on show at the Trove Canberra.

Paul grew up in Coffs Harbour and studied Fine Arts at TAFE before moving to Canberra in 2003 and completing a course in 3D Animation at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.

As a kid growing up in the ’80s, our first family computer was an Apple Macintosh Plus featuring an impressive 8 MHz 68000 processor, 1 MB of RAM, 800k disk drive, 9″ monochrome display and all the freedom of the world at my fingertips

He soon began to coalesce his fine arts aptitude with a burgeoning fascination with technology. While Paul often resorts to lead pencil and a sketch pad, he translates his art into the digital realm.

Working digitally can give you certain freedoms over traditional media forms—being able to erase elements of a work in a blink of an eye, shaping things to perfection—which brings me to something I actively think about while creating digital artworks, not being too perfect. Approaching a work as if it’s a painting or drawing, not being too fussed with the level of perfection you can conceivably reach if you had all the time in the world, and being able to follow mistakes and evolve them into new ideas is something to treasure, I think"