Fire Art by Paul Walsh


 

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My name is Paul Walsh and I am a third generation firefighter. I started firefighting in 1979 as a Newington, Connnecticut Volunteer Firefighter which merged into a full time career with the City of New Britain, Connecticut Fire Department.  I've been with New Britain Fire for 24 years and I am currently the Captain of Engine Co. 2.   I attended Central Connecticut State University for graphic arts and have a fond respect and love for fine art.  I also feel the same for the fire service and decided to combine both.
To make my paintings as realistic as possible,  I would enlist my brother, who is an FDNY Lieutenant, to take fire scene photos to use as reference and ideas for my paintings.  I would also persuade fellow Firefighters to pose in "action scenes" to get the realism I'm looking for. Most of my work is oil on canvas ranging in size from 16"x 20" to 30"x 40".
At the encouragement of co-workers and family, I have gone to press with 18 of my original paintings and have sold out 5 limited editions. My work has been published in New York City Fire Department's firefighting magazine, "WNYF".  I have been featured in The Hartford Courant, The New Britain Herald and Hartford Magazine.   My artwork is now featured on Zippo Lighters, which are collected nationally and internationally.  My greatest honor to date was creating the artwork, which is featured on The Connecticut Firefighters' Memorial In Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
I reside in Kensington, Connecticut with my wife and 4 children.

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