SMARTSPACE GALLERY Welcomes NEW Artist, Paul Koester!
Paul W. Koester grew up in a world of creative thinking. He was surrounded by artistic and talented family members who never ceased to amaze him with their abilities. Coming from this background, Paul understood he could do anything that he could imagine. He has taught himself a variety of skills simply from observation. You could say it runs in the family.
Although his website is limited to just photography, Paul's range of artistry however, is not limited. He enjoys sculpting, painting, and illustration. Some of Paul's coolest creations are automated sculptures that move, light up, produce sound, etc. They are fully controlled by computerized software and hardware. Serving six years in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician and spending the past 20 years in various engineering capacities has helped him understand the necessary state-of-the-art principles. These skills have enabled him to create a unique blend of art and technology.
Paul's creative imagination caught the attention of KFMB a local news channel in San Diego. Where he was featured on a special segment hosted by Larry Himmel, which airs daily.
The first camera in Paul's possession was a little Kodak Instamatic 104. Though he was only 6 years old at the time, he remembers it well and took it just about everywhere he went. The thrill and anticipation of snapping photos and then taking them to be developed is hard to forget. He would anxiously wait to see what gems that he captured, hoping he captured them well. Though that camera is long gone, the thrill of capturing a moment in a special way has never passed.
Paul believes that art is the expression of the soul. What is within our innermost being must come forth. We must find a means to express ourselves. In a world full of the negative, art is a ginormous positive that gobbles up the negative. Through art Paul is able to express himself and enjoys sharing that creativity with others.
Though photography is just one of his outlets, he says, "The fun thing about photography is that it offers no limitations to what a person can do or what the mind can conjure up. Anything that is limited will get boring very fast and will ultimately get shelved."
Browse more of Paul's work on the pages below: