Sculpting came rather late in life to me. As the past owner of a business that made forms for taxidermy. I took pride in knowing my product was in the homes of hunters the world over. I was enjoying retired life, playing golf daily when a cold wet winter found me in an art supply store, buying modeling clay & tools – I intended to try my hand at something I had always wanted to do.
It took me around 6 months to sculpt a rather sorry looking Sable but I was undeterred & this hobby soon became an obsession – I quit the game of golf & swung into the world of art with both feet.
I have always been driven to be the best I can possibly be in everything I’ve ever done & have never been shy about asking for advice as well as critiques. I got some fantastic advice/tips/criticism from art giants like John Banovich & Kobus Moller.
The Dallas Safari Club took a chance on me & commissioned their prestigious Peter Capstick Hunting Heritage Award – they were thrilled with my creation!
Many years have gone by since those beginnings. I find my mind is constantly flooded with ideas extending far beyond the shaping of clay – I take tremendous pride in the knowledge that so many people have put their trust in me with commissions to create their own visions in bronze – I intend to never betray that trust.
– Raj S Paul
On April 18, 2022, Rajender Singh Paul, devoted husband and father, passed away at his home in Cypress, Texas, at the age of 72. Rajender, known as Raj to friends and family, was born on October 13, 1949 in New Delhi, India, to Ranjit Singh and Loveleen Paul, the third of four children. At the age of 19, Raj emigrated to the United States, settling first in Los Angeles, California, before moving to Houston, Texas. He married Janet Elyse Paul on December 13, 1975. Raj adopted Janet’s son, Steven, and the couple also had one son together, Ryan.
Raj had a deep love of the outdoors. Combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, this led him to found two successful businesses: Branching Out, a premier landscaping design company, and Precision Mannikins, a manufacturer of taxidermy forms of domestic and exotic wildlife. Raj also loved adventure, and as a young man he cruised the California highways on his motorcycle; several years later he took up ultralight flying to experience the thrill of solo aviation.
Apart from his family, Raj’s true passions were golf and hunting. A golfer for nearly forty years, Raj loved to spend his weekends on the links with friends. He had memberships at several different clubs during this time, most recently at Northgate Country Club, and he participated in several amateur tournaments over the years. As a hunter, Raj travelled around the globe, hunting for wild game in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Alaska, Australia, and of course his adopted home state of Texas, just to name a few locations. His hundreds of high-scoring trophies earned him a place in Volume 4 of Great Hunters: Their Trophy Rooms & Collections. He also wrote several articles, some award-winning, on his safaris for a variety of hunting publications.
Over the last two decades, Raj turned from hunting animals to capturing them in art. He founded a new company, Wild Arts by Raj S Paul, specializing in sculptures of African and North American wildlife. He produced dozens of striking and beautiful bronze artworks, including commissions for the Dallas and Houston Safari Clubs and the veteran support organization Combat Marine Outdoors. His work has received many awards from art shows across the country, including the Dallas Safari Club Artist of the Year, 2019.
Raj was preceded in death by his father, Ranjit, and his mother, Loveleen. He is survived by his wife Janet, his sons Ryan and Steve, his siblings Shah Baig Singh, Arvinda Arora, and Rita Paul, and several cousins, nephews, and nieces. He also leaves behind many, many friends, and even more stories of his generosity, wit, and unique personality.
In accordance with his final wishes, Raj was cremated in a private ceremony on April 22, 2022, and his ashes are to be scattered at the hunting ground in Zimbabwe, where he felt most at peace.