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Paul king

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"An artist by trade, an educator by choice" sums up Paul King. A native Oklahoman who feels there is no better place to create his art, Paul has always expressed himself through visual images in a variety of mediums. Since retiring after thirty-six years as a Career Tech educator (Graphic Design/Illustration), King has returned to his passion of being an artist while maintaining his sense of responsibility to the community.

As an honored Oklahoma Choctaw, his artwork depicts his culture and family heritage. Creating images to tell a story is an avenue he does with a passion. One of his new subjects is observing and learning the importance of the Spanish mustangs in southeastern Oklahoma to his Choctaw heritage. This has motivated King to bring awareness to the mustangs' birthright by illustrating a book, "Dream A Pony/Wake a Spirit". Portions of the sale of each book will fund the preservation of these historic Choctaw mustangs. He has also had his work exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC during the 2011 Choctaw Cultural Days. King has won numerous awards from 2004 to the present at the Choctaw Nation Art Show, open for all Choctaw artists from across the country. He was awarded the Choctaw Heritage Award in 2009, the highest award for this show. Other shows that King has been accepted to exhibit: Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Gallery; Cherokee Art Market; Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival; Labor Day Choctaw Festival; Fiesta Oklahoma!; Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival; OSUIT-ArtPlus. He is a featured artist at the Passion by Design Gallery in Tulsa.

This combination of art and service to community has been a major part of King's motivation. He continues to serve on several boards and committees to stay connected with students and the community.

Paul is grateful for of his education and training, having graduated from Ardmore High School, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant) and OSU-Institute of Technology (Okmulgee). Prior to his tenure as an educator, King worked as an illustrator and creative artist with the OPUBCO, the Daily Oklahoman newspaper (Oklahoma City).

King is most proud of his four sons who have five granddaughters and one grandson between them and live productive lives, taking part within their communities.