To paraphrase the Sinatra hit, “He’s been a barker, a teacher, a designer, an artist and almost a priest …. That’s Life….”
….Paul Kauffman’s life at any rate!
Paul was born in Berkeley, CA and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Kauffman’s academic career began in a seminary, where he studied 6 years of Priesthood in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. This meant he only spoke for 3 hours a day and the rest was spent in silent contemplation, study and work.
Grandson of a carnival owner, during summer months, Paul was whisked away to work selling amusement ride tickets in their traveling carnival. Carnival and seminary life could not have been in greater contrast, and he loved it. He eventually left the seminary to pursue other goals.
He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington his junior year and transferred his senior year to continue his education as an Art Major in 1970 at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, CA. As a way to pay for his room, board and tuition, Paul waited tables at the world famous restaurant, The Warehouse, in Marina Del Rey.
After his studies at Loyola Marymount University, he went on to teach both Art and English to Jr. High School students in the Los Angeles Parochial School System for 8 years He was also the Substitute Art Instructor for Adult Education for the City of Los Angeles School District. He has conducted Painting Workshops in San Diego County and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A career shift in 1981 launched Kauffman from the art world to floral design, when he purchased Silver Bells Florist, (This was later renamed Kauffman Designs.). For the last 33 years, Paul has been a well sought-after Event Designer for several major functions all over Southern California area. He has designed for many of San Diego’s Celebrity / non- profit Gala Fundraisers.
Now coming full circle, he is once again rekindling his passion for painting. All of his life experiences are finding new expression in the colors and energetic brush strokes seen on his canvasses. It is his ardent desire to give back, in the form of lasting images, the joy and fulfillment that began for him the first time he touched brush to palette and pigment to canvas.