Hello, I'm Paul

I’m a composer, pianist, and landscape architect. I spent my early childhood on our family’s farm in Letart, West Virginia—a tiny community in the verdant, rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Since then, I’ve lived in many places, done a lot of things, and had the great privilege to study and work with many extraordinary and wonderful people.

I pursue several avocations in addition to my work as a musician and architect: I love to teach and to garden; I’m an avid horticulturalist and conservationist; I enjoy drawing, painting, and woodworking; and I am keenly interested in ecology, renewable energy, and social equity.

I’m happiest when I’m making things; the mediums and materials are almost unimportant. I feel that writing good music is not so different from writing a good paragraph, from building a good barn, or from designing an exceptional space. I believe strongly in Verum Ipsum Factum—the principle of “truth through making”—that true knowledge and awareness are not acquired through passive transmittance but rather through the act and process of doing. I consider myself something of a jack-of-all-trades in endless pursuit of mastery of one. I take my work very seriously, but not myself. At the end of the day, I am a maker.

some recent work