Make plans to visit the first floor of the library to view a collection of African wildlife paintings by artist and alumnus, Paul Schulz ’82. You will find images of the animals and landscapes he saw during a two week trip to Kenya in 2012 where he visited game preserves across the country. His spectacular paintings include images that range from zebras, giraffes, and lions to Vervet monkeys, black mambas, and Agama lizards. They are incredibly lifelike, so much so that you might mistake them for photographs.
While at Davidson, Schulz was an economics major and art minor, and worked for a time as a Design Coordinator for the Hallmark Card Company. In 1985, he left that position to run his family’s business, Florida Chemical, which has sold citrus oils since 1942. After serving as the President and CEO of Florida Chemical for 21 years, he has retired to focus on his art career.
He has traveled extensively in Africa, Australia, Central and South America and the Galapagos Islands, collecting references for his work. Currently, he is collaborating with The McGuire Center for Biodiversity Research at the University of Florida. His painting, “Spectrum of Life,” will be used as a navigation portal for a biodiversity web site that will be seen by biology classes around the world.
Schulz’s collection will be on display until January.
To learn more about Schulz and his art, please visit his website.