Paula Haymond is a wood sculptor who combines the mediums of Pyrography (wood burning), wood piercing (lace work), wood carving, acrylic paints, and metals to create three dimensional objects of art. She seeks to explore the relationships between color, imagination, form and texture.
Paula’s work begins with the choice of wood which is best suited for thin wall turning, less than 1/16th inch finished thickness or carving. The shapes are turned and hollowed on the lathe in preparation for surface enhancement and embellishment. Designs are taken from her own photographs of patterns, botanicals, insects, birds and animals which in turn create opportunities for story telling through her pieces. Fine, intricate patterns are seen in her lace work on wood as well as realistic portrayals of nature through air brush painting and wood burning.
In May 2012, Paula completed a six month Artist in Resdience Program at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Though this opportunity of growth and expansion as a wood artist, she has been juried into the Archway Gallery of Houston as a member.
As a member of Gulf Coast Woodturners Association she has taught classes in wood turning, piercing and embellishing at local workshops and regional symposiums. She has been accepted as a mentor for the Virginia Symposium of Woodturner in 2012.
Paula has exhibited at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2009 Texas Turned Exhibit and 2011 Forest Dance and Spring Dance were selected Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana, “Through the Woods, Around the Block” juried exhibit of woodturned objects.
Paula completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Butler University and her Doctor of Education from Indiana University. She has lived in Houston since 1982 where she established her private practice as a Licensed Psychologist: Haymond, Rappaport & Associates P.C... Her specialization has been in the area of neuropsychology, man machine interface and cognitive retraining following head injuries. Her expertise has allowed her the ability those with disabilities an array of wood oriented crafts.