Johnathan Paul Artist Bio & CV

Johnathan Paul Bio & CV


Johnathan Paul lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex of Texas and he is an author, film director, and illustrator. Paul studied engineering and fine arts at North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas receiving both Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering, Fine Arts and New Media. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a graphic designer and engineer, while continuing his experimental film work.

Then in late 2005 he accepted a position as a Marketing Executive for the Fortune 500 company Toll Brothers Inc. During this time Johnathan began adding 3D art, motion graphics and digital compositing to his artistic arsenal, which would lead him to leave the industry in 2010.

He is currently finishing his MFA degree in Film Production at the University of North Texas with a focus on Directing, Cinematography and Documentary Filmmaking. Johnathan is also a Teaching Fellow at the University as well as a freelance writer for the industry blogs The Beat, The Blast and Shutterstock. Currently Johnathan plans on continuing his illustration and film work into the future by directing and producing various projects for Film and Television under his production company Datalus Pictures.


Artist Statement


For me story is king. No matter if it’s an illustration or a fictional film, there has to be a story, something for myself and the audience to latch on to. When developing a narrative I tend to focus on a group of subjects such as Chaos, Remnants, Mystery, Life, Love, Reality, Spirituality, Morality, Social Viability, Destiny, Adventure, Imagination, Fantasy, Technology and Futurism. Because most individuals have some curiosity as it pertains to one of these, I tend to focus my narratives on one or two of these subjects at a time.

In the end I want my art to draw it’s audience into the visceral state of the narrative. I want the narrative to be immersive and allow the audience to become more conscience and aware of the beauty of the natural world, creativity of mankind, the imagination within us all as well as the dark realities that exist on the fringes.

With my many years of experience in illustration, painting, 3D animation, filmmaking and writing I believe my work will make a mark and take audiences on a journey that it fun and exciting, imaginative and creative, but also sometimes dark and mysterious.


Artist CV


Johnathan Paul Martin

Fort Worth, TX 76244

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2000 – 2004

North Central Texas College

Associates of Science / Mechanical Engineering – Department of Engineering

Associate of Fine Arts


2001 – 2016

University of North Texas

Bachelors of Science – Mechanical Engineering (not completed)

Bachelors of Fine Arts / New Media / Minor in English – College of Visual Arts and Design

Masters of Fine Arts / Film Production College of Radio, Television, and Film  (2016)


Academic Groups, Awards, Scholarships and Grants

Alpha Sigma Lambda (Honor Society)

Delta Epsilon Iota (National Honor Society)

2010-2013 Presidents List Recipient

2013-2014 Academic Achievement Scholarship (AAS)

2014-2015 MFA Graduate Academic Excellence Award

2015-2016 Kodak Eastman Student Filmmaker Award (Nomination)

2015-2016 IDA David L. Wolper Documentary Filmmaker Award


Exhibitions and Film Screenings


Responsibility of Restraint” Short Narrative Film, TBA.

Subject to Loss” Short Narrative Film, TBA.


The Great Hanging” Short Documentary Film, TBA.


Hustler of Providence” Short Documentary Film, Campus Theater, University of North Texas

  • World Premiere at Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Nominated for Oscar Qualifying Short Film Award


“Unconventional” Short Documentary Film, RTFP Theater, University of North Texas


“Immersion” Cine’muck, North Gallery, Denton, Texas

“Postmodern Shooter” State of the Arts: Crossbred Media, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas

“Relation, Chaos, Remnants” State of the Arts: Crossbred Media, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas

 “Overlayed” The New Nostalgia, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, Texas


“I Love the Way You Feel” Interactive Gallery Collaboration, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France

The Untitled Event” Cool Artwork Bro!, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas


“Pixel Art” Comp Design Show, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas


Professional Experience

2010 – Present

Datalus Pictures

Fort Worth, TX       

Co-Founder, Director, Writer, Producer, and Concept Artist

Creator and co-creator of all written and illustrated works

Writer, Director & Producer of documentary and narrative films

Setting overall strategy for companies long term vision

Working with companies to create long term marketing campaigns


2014 – Present

Shutterstock / Premiumbeat

Denton, TX       

Writer and Content Coordinator

Write and Produce articles relating to the film industry

Research visual effects processes

Create or post tutorials over visual effects and film production processes


2012 – Present

University of North Texas

Denton, TX       

Teaching Fellow / Lecturer

Teaching film production and film theory

Working with Students on film productions

Planning and setting semester schedules and deadlines


2005 – 2010

Toll Brothers Inc.

Grapevine, TX       

Regional Marketing Manager / Texas Regional IT Consultant

Oversee all materials for Texas, California, Arizona, and Colorado

Modernized overall look to brochures and materials

Continue to hold the highest efficiency rate for turn around

Work closely with Project Managers and Vice Presidents

Designed many Toll Architecture marketing pieces and logo’s


2002 – 2005

RedGorilla LTD.

Gainesville, TX

Graphic Artist / Illustrator / Concept Artist

Advertisments and illustrations for printed media

Character concepts for comics and video games

3D concepts and marketing pieces for film




Marcus Parkhill, CEO Chancellor MFG,

Chris Upton, Architect and Graphic Artist,

Melinda Levin, Director, Producer & Professor at the University of North Texas,

Scott Thurman, Director and Producer,


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