Headwaters Artist Profile: Paul Morin

Artist Paul Morin


Working out of his gallery located in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, Paul Morin‘s workspace overlooks the millpond and natural landscapes or the surrounding area serving as both inspiration and the perfect setting to see his artwork.

A frequent collaborator in all things creative, Paul regularly invites other artists for events in the gallery such as drumming circles, Solstice celebrations, native dance, storytelling, and the list toes on.

The common thread in is work is the focus on storytelling – from unique shadow boxes with artifacts and artistic creations made of wood, bone, fibre and materials limited only to his imagination. Paul’s painting style makes unique use of light and texture which is also reflected in his demeanour — unique, light and friendly.

Paul Morin is an artist of many talents. Well known for his landscapes that typically feature the forests and waters of our region, he is also an accomplished musician, filmmaker, and illustrator of 20 books, one of which, The Orphan Boy, earned him a Governor General’s Award.

Paul’s fabulous fire sculptures are an annual highlight at the Mill’s Fire & Ice Winter Festival, with each sculpture typically taking 6 weeks to construct using combustibles and lots of symbolism. Once ablaze, his pieces bring a magical aura to the night, filled with music, performance and morphing shapes.