A deep respect and knowledge for nature are reflected most in Paul's paintings. In fact, as a master with pencil and watercolour, his skill is now at the peak of craftsmanship, concentrating on the creative objective of the work. Meticulous attention to accuracy through field observation and a strong sense of design distinguish his paintings and drawings from those of his contemporaries. The influence of landscape and natural habitat portray his ecological perspective of life.

An honours graduate in Science from the University of Toronto, wildlife art has enabled Paul to combine his two great interests, science and art. In 1992, he completed a Masters degree at York University specializing in Western perceptions of nature.

Paul has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, in Algonquin Provincial Park, the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo, and has traveled in North America, England, and Africa. He has published numerous scientific papers in Canadian and American natural history journals. He has also published chapters in recent books on human perception of nature and planning on wildlife research like breeding birds, landscape ecology and conservation issues. Paul is recognized as a widely known naturalist.

Born and educated in Scarborough, Paul lives in Georgina on the south shore of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada with his wife and three children. In 1983 Paul was instrumental in forming the South Lake Simcoe Naturalists' club. He directs wildlife and environmental research for this organization, employing field researchers and technical support staff. He's been a dedicated conservationalist for years, particularly active in the Save the Rouge Valley System campaign in Toronto in the 1970's and 80's.

Paul Harpley's artwork is highly sought after. In spite of diverse involvements, all related to his unique focus and skills, he is a prolific artist. His original artwork is in private collections across Canada and abroad. Collectors have responded well to his limited edition selections over the years.