Paul Vauchelet - Mary-Margaret Mitchell

Paul Vauchelet: Artist and Artivist

Art has always been Paul Vauchelet's destiny. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1948 into a family with a rich artistic heritage, his earliest memories are of sketching while sitting on his fathers lap at a drawing board. He was taught to paint by a neighbor who had an art studio and in Jr. College as an art major and honor student. While working as a tattoo artist, he received an ever-increasing number of requests for illustrations, graphic designs, and paintings. In 1980 Vauchelet joined Robert Keith & Co. Advertising as Creative Art Director. During the years, he spent heading the department he had the opportunity to personally deal with many of the "Fortune 500" companies. In 1985, he joined the Sign and Display Artists Union. A life-long social activist, it was quite natural that he was drawn into the labor movement and workers rights. In 1996, he was elected to the position of Business Representative for Local Union 831, Display and Sign Painters and Tradeshow Workers. In 2001, Paul decided to again concentrate on his first love painting and bring it to the public and has been active in bring an artist's bill of rights to the attention of local political figures.