As an artist, Paula Brody is best known for her intricate, three-dimensional sculptural collages. Paula’s paper sculptures are often fondly referred to as “BRODAGES.” Paula uses a variety of her own hand-painted papers to create these works of art available by commission in a wide array of colors and sizes. Most often using Japanese rice papers, called Masa, Paula gently folds and applies colorful strips of paper to form the sculptural patterns.
Paula is often asked, “What inspired this unique collage form?” Her inspiration came from watching ocean white caps and wanting to recreate an abstract expression of their energy. She marvels when she also finds these sculptural patterns in beach sand, in cloud formations, or in other forms of nature’s mysteries.
Paula is an avid gardener. She is fascinated by the almost endless variation in shape, color and texture of nature’s creations. In the summer, Paula’s Cape Cod gardens are a palette of vibrant florals; in the winter, Paula’s canvases become a multi-color array of florals inspired by the profusion of flowers in her summer gardens. Paula created multiple gardens by propagating or splitting and replanting an array of colorful day lilies, astilbes, irises, rudbeckia, hosta and hydrangea, her personal favorite. Enjoy Paula’s joyous florals reflective of the joy she experiences tending nature’s beauty.
Paula loves color! As an artist, Paula enjoys a playful exploration of various media, textures, and styles. She rarely focuses on the outcome or goal for her paintings and instead, delights in discovering what emerges from through her creativity and energy.
Paula’s “Flow” paintings reflect her free spirit. She loves teaching her “Go With the Flow” classes and encouraging her students to let a painting paint itself.
Enchanted by glistening light, Paula often uses metallics in her paintings to add a joyful sparkle to her artwork. She enjoys introducing these “Magical Metallics” in her popular collage workshops.
Paula notes that, “Really nothing in nature has straight lines, except perhaps the horizon.” Thus, color, shape and texture are the abstract elements that she uses to represent nature’s majesty and mystery.