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About the Artist

Hi World!

I'm Paula Zima

I'm fond of drawing living beings; my work is figurative.  I love the relationships of elegant beautiful colors and rounded simplified forms. So I mix this all together, realism, with a touch of abstraction.

My sculptures and paintings generally arise from my sketchbook and the quick drawings and notes that come from watching and thinking about life as I go about my day, home, or elsewhere.

Sometimes images leap up from my imagination. They may develop from an idea that I see in the freshly prepared surface of the canvas. They emerge and comment on life, like short stories or poems. The images talk about beings with hearts and soul.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, You can shop with confidence and know that I stand behind my products' quality and value.


I live just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with expansive open views and the best clouds in the world. I love the land, but it is the delight of interaction with other creatures - people and animals, that inspire my art.

Plein Air painters of this century have greatly influenced how I work.  Four prominent artists, Beni Bufano, Marino Marini, Gustav Vigeland, and Allan Houser, influence my sculpture.


My favorite painting medium is oil on canvas or board. The surface doesn't matter much to me; it's the way that the oil paint allows me to move it around the canvas and return, finding the paint still movable and easy to blend. The colors remain, without darkening or lightening as they dry.

When I sculpt I now mostly work in clay that is cast in Bronze.

career highlights

Thanks to my parent's love of art, I have studied sculpture, paintings, drawings, and prints in museums and books since my early childhood.

Over the years, my work and commissions include sculpture and painting, public sculptures, drawings, hand-colored etchings, and commercial illustration.

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