Paul Michael Glaser has been an artist since he was a child. He grew up in a world of art collected by his father, Samuel, who was an architect, while always encouraged to pursue his creativity by his mother who introduced him to the worlds of Fine Art, Literary and Performing Arts.
As a young man, Paul turned from drawing, painting and sculpting to the Performing Arts, and realized a career in theatre, film and television acting, directing and producing. Then he rediscovered his love of writing and realized his first book, ‘Chrystallia and the Source of Light.’ In the course of illustrating his second book, he found he had returned to his passion for painting and drawing.
He also discovered the world of digital art. Using the programs of Photoshop as his palette, Paul began to explore the large range of creativity through this medium, as well as a synergy between the graphite strokes of his sketching and the ‘electronic’ coloring from the digital.
Despite the argument that an artist should concentrate on one particular style, or look, Paul let himself explore several styles, from exotic and representational, to abstract, caricature, and Pop art. His discoveries along the way have, and continue to, spawn different styles, allowing him to explore the range of his life’s experience through his art. His sense of whimsy stands in stark contrast to his empathetic images and his graphic drawings, which range from the absurd to the poignant, the erotic to ironic.
Paul’s life has had its share of success and tragedy. He grew up in a middle-class family outside of Boston, Massachusetts, went to college at Tulane University as an undergraduate, where he majored in Theatre Arts and English Lit, then onto Boston University where he received a Master’s Degree in Theatre.
Spending five years in New York City, waiting tables and tending bar, led to summers in repertory and stock theatre, Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre, then the film version of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and later the television series, ‘Starsky and Hutch.’ Following the series, he pursued a directing career, which enabled him to explore the many creative avenues of film.
Along the way, Paul married, had two children and then life went horribly wrong. His wife contracted AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion during childbirth. His daughter, Ariel, and yet-to-be-conceived son, Jake, were infected with the virus. His daughter succumbed at age seven; his wife, Elizabeth, a few years later.
Now Paul’s creativity was directed at his ability to survive emotionally and spiritually while raising a son, re-marrying and having another daughter.
He credits his good fortune to meeting a man who would guide him and teach him through a minefield of anger, rage, and depression. He learned about helplessness and loss, and a philosophy of life that he credits for his deliverance into a place he never would have come without the challenge of this tragedy.
Paul has said his art is his savior. It has given him the opportunity to experience and share the many impressions his life has made on him, as well as discover and experience the many ways this kaleidoscope of life has manifested itself.