Paul W. McCormack was born in Rahway, New Jersey, in 1962. He received his formal art training at DuCret School of the Arts, where he later became a faculty member. Working exclusively in watercolors for the first ten years of his career, Paul made his mark early on with figurative work that defied the medium and one's sensibilities of traditional watercolor painting. Returning to Oils in the early '90s and working in both mediums, he has enjoyed a successful portrait career for over 30 years with a long affiliation with Portraits Inc. in NYC. In recent years, he has broken away from portraiture and returned to creating works that are more personal in nature. His work has been featured in numerous national and international publications and books. His paintings have appeared on two covers of the Artist's Magazine, first in 1998, where he won First Place in the Portrait Category in their annual competition. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of many awards, including the "Gold Medal of Honor" from the Allied Artists of America 101st Annual Exhibition, and the "Silver Medal Award" from the Oil Painters of America 21st National Juried Exhibition.