Paola captures the spirit of life in original, large, textured works-all expressing her passion for paint. Paola started painting by the age of five. She has been mentored in her gifting by wildlife artist Dawn Venturas. Born in Zimbabwe, married to Gary Thompson, with five children, Paola continues painting and juggling. In 2014, Paola opened her own Gallery to showcase her works and local talent. Paola had done mainly commission art work and has supplied collections to banks and private collectors. In addition to her art, Paola does interior design and is a registered ethno-healthcare practitioner. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rhodes University in South Africa, in French and German, having studied Fine Art and Music.