Paula Blasius McHugh is fascinated with the idea of blending different art forms together and having enough time to truly appreciate them, in other words, slow art. The blending of storytelling, music, and art in Paula and Joe McHugh's Time Travelers performance enhance her paintings so the viewer “audience” enjoys a much richer experience then they would have in a gallery.
Born and raised in the midwest, she studied fine art at Edinboro State College and at the Museum School of Fine Art in Boston. From 1979-1988 she worked as a glass artist designing and creating stained and etched art glass pieces for private residences, businesses' and museums in Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaming up with her husband she has illustrated and designed several books along with producing two award-winning radio-drama based curricula for use in elementary and middle schools. Together they founded their own publishing company, Calling Crane Publishing for which Paula has served as graphic artist and web designer. Paula's most recent work has been a series of oil, watercolor and egg tempera paintings based on the evocative titles and history behind traditional American fiddle tunes.