Please explain what just happened.

I farted.

What is your earliest memory?

Sticking a rock up my nose when I was about four years old.   My mother had to take me to the emergency room to have it removed.  The doctor gave me a sucker.  I was thrilled.

If you weren’t an artist, what other profession would you choose?

If I was not an artist I would probably … ummmm… like being a farmer maybe?  A crop farmer.  Not one who had to slaughter animals.  Maybe soy beans. Yeah. A soy bean farmer. Or corn.


Describe a typical work day.

Sleep in. Frozen pizza and maybe some Judge Judy.  Hit the gym.  Painting/Artwork will kick in anywhere between 6 p.m. and 9 and then work till 2 or 3 in the morning with classic soul and rum n cokes.

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

No.  I probably did.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

That it is perfectly normal for me to like boys and that God loves me just the way I am.

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Promise by Sade.  Hands down.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Facebook (of course), Etsy, and I enjoy the new iPhone app called Instagram which is for photo sharing.  I know it’s an app and not a website, but I think it counts.  I love to follow girl’s photo posts from Japan.  They take the coolest shots and I steal inspiration from them.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

Music.  The latest Grace Jones album Hurricane has most recently had an impact on me.  It is brilliant.  My Time-Life Super Soft Rock Hits of the 70’s also rocks my world.  Seriously.

Name three books that have impacted your life.

The last book that I read cover to cover was Pet Sematary by Stephen King in 8th grade.  I am a terrible reader as far as my patience and suspension of disbelief are concerned.  I am a magazine guy.  Quick and to the point with informative pearls of wisdom and the ability to keep up with pop culture and health and beauty tips while sitting on the toilet.

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

My first solo show in January of 1997 (which was also pretty much my first show).  I loved that night.  I was in love.  I loved my work and I could feel my life change in just a few hours.  Now, gallery shows seem like bad wine tasting parties where I lose 50 percent of my work.  It’s never as good as the first time.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Well, I went to dinner with my friend pop diva Jody Watley last year.  Jody started off in the band Shalamar who did the track “Dancin In The Sheets” which was featured in the movie Footloose which starred Kevin Bacon.  So … That’s the best I can do at this point.  Unless he is friends with Oprah.

What makes you feel most guilty?

When I forget to feed my finches (Billy Joe Jr. and Tammy) and I wake up in the morning and they are cheeping at me in overdrive.

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

Like most artists, I snatch bits and pieces.  Mostly energy though rather than actual imagery or technique.  If I encounter an artist who is consumed or excited about their current vision or work I feed off of their excitement.  I want to be excited too.

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your new studio work space.

Right now I am very excited about the new studio space I have opened here in Denver.  It sits in the Heart of the Art District at 910 Santa Fe Drive.  It is high traffic and has great energy.  I am looking forward to seeing how it will change my work.  Moving my studio out of my home and to actually be working in more of a public venue I know will bring change and growth.  Working amongst the other artists in the district and engaging the public during art walks will be motivating and inspiring.  I love it there.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Try to hit the can before we hit the road so you don’t crap your pants in my car.  They did not take it.

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor

Jennifer Coolidge, Sade, Henri Nouwen, Patricia Clarkson.

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

Ooooohhh! A full scale assemblage puppet theatre where I paint and assemble the entire set up with found objects and a variety of bizarre baby puppets. The whole stage/backdrop would be interactive and mechanical with coo coo birds as back-up singers and lots of glitter and things that spin and windows and odds and ends and the show would have to just be insanity.  I would do midnight shows offering tom collins and cheese pizza rolls for the public.

What do you want to know?

How not to be afraid.

What would you like your last words to be?

I am not afraid.

Please explain what will happen.

I will go to the airport.

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Artist PAUL MOSCHELL has been producing his signature small and imaginative works on paper and matchboxes for over a decade now. Moschell continues to be represented by various galleries across the United States, Europe and Shanghai.

His paintings, assemblage sculptures and tiny delicate hand painted matchbox portraits hang in hundreds of private collections around the world and his clientele range from the budding young art collector to well know celebrities.

A man of leisure, Mr. Moschell spends most of his time painting, napping and talking to his plants. Moschell currently can be found working in his Denver studio at 910 Santa Fe Drive in the Denver Arts District.

5 responses to “21 Questions with Paul Moschell”

  1. Dana says:

    Wow. I LOVE your stuff. Gorgeous.

  2. Becky Palapala says:

    Me too. Weird. Why do I love this so much?


  3. philip campbell says:

    Colorful as always Paul! and your first show is one of my favorites as well. That pre-opening party had the perfect energy. You Rock!

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