Paul Frederick Rest
I was born and raised in the Midwestern part of America. My vistas were broad with farmlands stretching as far as the eye could see. The Missouri River’s ever changing waters flowed below where I lived. The German-American community had colorful festivals and events for each time of the year. I remember these sharp colors, even the muted winter ones. These stayed with me, showing up during the following years in my short stories, poetry and essays. As I approached my first black belt examination in Aikido, I suddenly did something I thought I couldn’t do – I picked up a brush (actually brushes) and started painting. Oils, watercolors and pencil sketches came from somewhere within me. These all had the same colors and tones I remembered from those early years. My art reflects the everyday flow of my life – the people, objects and places I encounter each day.