Driven by her passion for the arts, Paula started studying drawing at the age of 14 at the Brussels Fine Arts Academy while taking evening classes at the Académie d'Ixelles. She soon realized that her real interest was in 'drawing with bronze'.
A self-taught explorer of sculpture, she started venturing into the world of sculpture by using the lost-wax casting technique. A full-fledged animal sculptor for twenty-five years now, Paula Swinnen masters every stage of the creation process, from casting to developing patina.
Rather than representing animals as they are, she shapes her pieces by transcribing their personality into their natural movements, and this she does mostly with wild animals.
Paula's work gives a very realistic interpretation of the fauna, in which one feels the forceful expression of wildlife and of nature's pulse. Her vision as a sculptor materializes in life-size bronze creations of animals in very natural positions.
She began sculpting apes and a few orang-utans; then a mountain gorilla for the WWF. She even did a life-size dromedary and some larger-than-life creations. Over the past few years she has also created pieces of furniture as well as custom-made coffee tables and consoles that are an ode to nature. Paula is intent on creating her own bestiary, which is an unrelenting source of inspiration.