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Once Paul’s talents for creating pictures became well known, a large portion of his work was devoted to typing specific images at the request of the people around him.

In late 1989 and early 1990 Paul made a rendition of a painting from 1847 by John Vanderlyn known as Landing of Columbus, which was displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

This rendition was done at the request of John Cermak of Roseburg, Oregon where Paul lived in a nursing facility. Mr. Cermak was a strong advocate of Paul’s work.

The images below show the original painting by Vanderlyn followed by snap shots of Paul’s rendition. It would be interesting to know if the order in which Paul developed his picture is similar to how an artist using pencil or charcoal would sequence their work.

The title on the final frame was almost certainly added by Mr. Cermak.

Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn (1847) displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Paul was exceptionally disciplined about time spent on his craft. Throughout his active years typing pictures, he devoted three hours per day to whatever picture he was working on — he reserved the remainder of his day for other interests including listening to music, playing chess and cribbage, participating in activities at his nursing facility, or venturing into the nearby community as able. Progress on his pictures was perhaps slow compared to other artists though very steady.
A copy of Paul’s final rendition of the painting. This piece took Paul approximately 6 weeks.

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