A Brief Timeline
1966- I was born (baby of five) in New Iberia, Louisiana. My nickname was T-Paul.
1976- We took a family trip to the Ringling Brothers and Barnam & Bailey Bicentennial Circus in New Orleans. My nickname was Snake in elementary school. It was the time I fould out I was color blind.
1980- While in high school I started dreaming of having my own art and print shop.
1984-I graduated from Catholic High School in New Iberia and enrolled at LSU. I painted my first painting.
1985- After trying twice to get into the college of Graphic Design, I still did not get in as my professors said my strength was painting and drawing. I visited Mexico for the first time and loved it.
1988- I graduated from LSU with a BFA and worked at a snack bar at a golf course for two days. I decided to move up north after that.
1989- I moved to Boston and lived with my cousins on the south side. I got my first job at Landmark School (a boarding school for dyslexic students) in Beverly, MA. I tutored students and taught art.
1990-I visited Guatemala with my family and fell in love with the people, land and culture. I had my first solo show called Guatemala Hue in Newburyport, MA.
1993- I really wanted to be a full time artist so I moved back home to New Iberia. I opened my art studio on Main Street. I co-founded the Bayou Teche Museum. I started teaching art at Episcopal School of Acadiana and received the nickname ARTMAN.
1995- I married my high school prom date, Lee Himel.
1996- I was the first poster artist for the Chamber of Commerce Gumbo Cook-off. The West End Summer Art Programs began through the New Iberia Recreation Department (1996-2003). We taught the kids art and put on many performances.
1998- The Bunk Johnson Jazz and Heritage Festival was created and I was on the advisory board. I was Project Director from 2001-2003.
1999- Lt Governor Kathleen B. Blanco commissioned me to design the Louisiana Francofete celebration poster.
2000-Our first son was born. I started teaching at Iberia Parish School Board in the Visual Arts Talent Program.
2001-I was a member of the advisory board of the New Iberia Main Street Program and was honored to be one of Louisiana's Volunteer of the Year.
2002- Our second son was born. I illustrated the children's book, Mr. Tootles and Those Oodles of Noodles.
2005- Our third child was a girl!
2008- I was selected the official artist for Festival International in Lafayette, LA.
2009- My wife and I opened A & E Gallery in New Iberia on St. Peter Street. We continue to host many art walks and performances.
2010- The Bayou Teche Museum finally opened!
2011-I launched my happy cajun giftware in several area retail stores.
2012- I co-founded the New Iberia Spanish Festival.
2015- My wife and I celebrated 20 years of fun. I painted the poster for the Louisiana Sugarcane Festival. Later in the year, I had an idea for a pocket park to honor artist and New Iberian, George Rodrigue.
2017- Our George Rodrigue Park committee worked with our local & state delegation to get funding for the new park as well as an expansion of the Bayou Teche Museum.
2018 to present- I accepted a position as a committee member for the New Iberia Historic District Commisssion. In the summer, I painted my first mural, "Iberia Gifts", on St. Peter St. as a gift to the city.
2019- Thanks to many great minds, hands and hearts, funding for the George Rodrigue Park and the Museum was approved. My second mural, "Helen Johnson- Helen's Cafeteria" was completed on West Main Street.
2020-My campaign for Mayor Pro-Tem begins!