Paula Temple is a versatile painter who works in oil, watercolor and mixed media on paper. Her work is both abstract and figurative. Her meticulous use of color, line and texture seem at first glimpse to be influenced by no one. But further acquaintance with Paula's unique biography and the sources and inspirations behind her oeuvre reveal an artist who has deftly captured passion, intellectual rigor, and technique to create a genuinely original body of work. Paula's nontraditional technique with traditional materials brings further variety to her paintings through the use of additional manipulations of the materials. Sometimes diverse in subject matter and technique but with a consistant feel for surrealistic expressionism.
Paula Temple has worked as an exhibiting artist throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and the Eastern Caribbean. On the faculty at the University of Mississippi, Paula Temple teaches figure drawing, Graphic Design and watercolor. She has also led study abroad courses and had Artist-in-Residency positions in Costa Rica, Cortona, Italy, Sicily and London, England.
Her active exhibition record includes over 30 solo exhibitions including the Universita Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica, The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, Louisiana Museum of Arts and Sciences in Baton Rouge and The University of the West Indies in St. Georges, Grenada and she was included in the Centennial Exhibition Artists Who Teach in Washington, DC. Her work appears in Best of Watercolor, Portrait Inspirations and The Best of Watercolor 3.
- The Artist of the Year Award from the Wings Cancer Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee
- MIAL (Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters) Award in Visual Arts
- Three Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship awards in Visual Arts
The American Cancer Society, for a triptych oil painting "Life, Grace and Spirit" which appears on the cover of the recent publication of the American Cancer Society's A Breast Cancer Journey and is permanently located in the American Cancer Society's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. She toured the United States with this artwork with appearances in Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, and New York with an appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell show.
The Lilly Oncology on Canvas competition award for the "Light of Healing", which was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and the Royal College of Art, London, England.