Location: New Bern, North Carolina
Give us a brief description of you and your work.
I bring toys to life in gorgeous natural landscapes. Beaches, forests, snowy mountaintops, sailboats, and marina docks have become the home of LEGO pirates, ninjas, mermaids, sea monsters, and more. The project is one big adventure, with story lines connecting the mini-figure characters. I thicken the plot by posting a picture every weekday to my blog, bricksailboat.com.
How would you describe your style?
I shoot mostly outdoor macro toy photography. I primarily use LEGO mini-figures and shoot close with dramatic landscapes in the background.
What's your goal as an artist?
To tell a great story and shoot the best toy photos possible!
From where do you draw inspiration? How do you keep yourself motivated and your artwork fresh?
I draw my inspiration from a love of my characters and from the people that follow brick sailboat online. When a kid from the U.K. emails me really concerned about what’s gonna happen in the story next...well...it's instant motivation for me to figure out what’s actually going to happen next!
How do you come up with the scenarios for your subjects?
Story ideas come from many places. Many threads of the brick sailboat story come from a love of great adventure movies. Sometimes scenarios even mirror my own life. The sadness that my characters felt when finally leaving the West Coast for the South is really a sadness I felt from having left a place I loved. The constant worried look on one of my character's face when landing in North Carolina was at times my worried look!
Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
Plywerk makes brick sailboat pictures pop. No frame = no distractions. When customers buy a Plywerk print it’s ready to hang on the wall. The company has great customer service and it’s obvious that they really care about their story too.
Favorite type of melon?
I hate melons. Yep, especially watermelon. I also dislike butter. Yeah, you heard it right. Butter and watermelon are yucky.
Top three movies of all time?
Favorite living artist?
A Melbourne street artist named Rone.
What's the last thing you took a picture of?
First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
I would definitely hire a smell butler. What is a smell butler you ask? It’s an occupation I’ve created for the super-rich. It’s simply a butler that travels the world acquiring great smells for you to enjoy in the comforts of your own mansion. Upon return they bring the smell to you cloaked in a fancy presentation platter. “Mr. S, I give you the Greek islands at sunset,” they will say. They open the platter of twigs, branches, shells, etc...and pow! One priceless exotic smell (without all of the hassle of world travel)!
Win a Paul Schernitzki Print on Plywerk
Post a comment about Paul's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of his awesome images on our 3/4" bamboo Plywerk! We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early February to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.