Paul West was born in 1984 in Murrurundi (pop 900) – a small town in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, know as ‘The Crown of the Upper Hunter’.
Paul’s parents ran several businesses in the town, ranging from selling Harley Davidsons, firearms and farm products to buying and selling fox pellets and feral pig meat.
Paul’s is one of three children; his older brother Simon, is and electrician and his younger sister, Nicole, is a hairdresser and beauty therapist.
Paul says he’s inspired by his mother. According to him, she embodies the ideals of good, honest hard work, selflessness and community spirit – and says she instilled in him a strong work ethic that has held him in good stead throughout his short career.
During his growing years and due to his parents’ ever-changing and intriguing business ventures, Paul came across all kinds of characters – from the shack-dwelling mountain hermits who only ever came to town to sell pelts and buy ammunition, to horse-loving Sheiks from the U.A.E. involved in the region’s thriving thoroughbred breeding industry.
Paul trained as a chef, and has worked in all areas of food production from growing fruit and vegetables, as a WWOOFer (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) in orchards, to wholesale markets, retail fruiterers and one of the country’s top restaurants.
It was at Melbourne’s renowned Vue de Monde, where Paul worked as a bistro chef and met his partner Alicia. In 2012, both thirsty for a change and looking to the future, they made the move to South Arm, a coastal town south-east of Hobart. Their long-term plan is to one day live off the land, and generally lead a more sustainable life.
Paul is inspired by the sustainable agriculture gurus Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan, and the people of Bhutan – who have pledged to become the world’s first 100% organic farm nation.
Paul was working as a ‘knife for hire’ in various restaurant kitchens near Hobart and as a volunteer with community gardens and permaculture groups. Paul holds a certificate in Permaculture Design.
Apart from his dream of running his own self-sufficient farm, Paul and Alicia are also hoping to start a family in the very near future. Until then, Paul’s boarder collie cross, “Digger”, is the newest edition to the River Cottage Australia family.
Tip five: some taboo of choosing the color Decorative painting can not only placed behind the sofa in the living room, TV wall, inside the bedroom, also can placed in outside the kitchen, balcony, villa walls. But the point you should noting that, when putting painting you should choose the color according to different space. General speaking , modern style interior decoration is mainly based on white, when you choose canvas painting, it should mainly be with yellow and red tones. Don't choose negative effect canvas painting, you should chose a bright color canvas painting for living room, if the interior color is very stable, such as walnut color, you can choose high ash, partial artistic canvas painting. Tip six: Canvas painting shape should correspond with the space shape If the wall where put decorative painting is a rectangle, you can select the same shape single canvas painting or popular group canvas painting, especially the group canvas painting, different layout and spacing can achieve different effects. However, if some places need half round canvas painting, only you do is change the content of painting, for example, you can leave some space, because there is no semicircular decorated box in the market. Tip seven: canvas painting accessories should be in accordance with the local atmosphere. the surrounding environment pattern change, combined with the master's style and preferences attach some different effects of canvas painting may reflect the unexpected artistic conception.
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Tip three: corner canvas painting can change the sight direction People thought canvas painting can be only placed in the middle of one wall in the past, but in the current design, many designers like to put canvas painting in the corner . Corner refers to the indoor space corner, such as the two wall of living room of the 90 degree angle. Just like the Sofa combination way in recent years. corner canvas also have different approaches but equally satisfactory results of beauty. Corner canvas are not very strict for the space requirements, as long as it can give people a kind of comfortable feeling. On both sides of the wall corner, put two canvas painting on it. put the same style painting on the other side of the parallel wall, it will become the formation of L type combination. the asymmetric beauty can increase the taste of indoor layout and also won't have the feeling of restraint. In addition, the corner canvas painting can remind the master role in the transformation of space through the line of sight. For example, put the canvas painting from the way of bedroom to the living room can play a guiding role. Tip four: stairs canvas painting can be irregular If you on a stairs, your opposite wall area is large, you can ask professional person to draw some painting on the wall. This method is very creative, you can draw the painting as your own ideas. In addition, if the area is not large, it can hanging some irregular canvas painting in stair turning stairway, and the effect is also very good
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