Paul Gerhardt Trost is a North American painter and craftsman who draws inspiration from spiritual, biblical and natural influences. A lifelong artist, Trost enrolled in a drawing course at the Chicago Art Institute when he was 12 years old. He decided to pursue his passion for painting after three years of study at the University of Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992.
Trost’s painting “Blessed are the Merciful” received an award of distinction from the National Catholic Reporter. His paintings are present in homes and churches throughout the United States. Trost works with oil, acrylic, and mixed media in natural light. His work is inspired by both Western and Eastern elements.
Trost prefers not to use models and photographs. Rather, his paintings are inspired by life and nature and drawn from introspection, intuition, and imagination. Through his art, Trost seeks to convey the reality of hope and the beauty, wonder and mystery of life in the face of the world’s contradictions. As a craftsman, Trost hand-carves icons and crosses for churches and private collections. He lives in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with his wife Shelly McClain.