Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Paul initially completed a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and English Language before pursuing his interests in archaeology and travel abroad. Upon returning to Wellington, he attended Massey University’s School of Design and completed a Bachelor of Design (Hons).
For the last fourteen years Paul has been employed at Weta Workshop, where he works as a senior concept designer on film, television and computer game projects. He has most recently completed work on Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy (2012-14), The Expanse (2015), Shadow of Mordor (Game 2014), Hercules (2014). He also worked on James Cameron’s Avatar (2009) and Andrew Adamson’s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).
In addition to his role as a senior concept designer Paul also conceived, art directed and designed Weta Workshop’s book The Crafting of Narnia and co-designed The World of Kong, A Natural History of Skull Island.
In 2009 Paul created White Cloud Worlds – science fiction and fantasy art from New Zealand, which comprises of three art anthology books.
When time allows Paul also works as a freelance concept designer and illustrator. He also runs workshops and is a frequent speaker at Universities and Conventions worldwide.