Paul abandoned a lucrative career in illustration to pursue painting with typical passion and diligence and was given a large retrospective of his work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 56 which proved to be only mid-career. Gorka’s style evolved from a grimmer Andrew Wyeth to a self-described “fantasy realist”. His works are firmly rooted in his interpretations of real people in a real world, with a sometimes phantasmagoric ambience and dream-like symbols driving the action of his paintings. One might perceive Gorka’s work as a state of heightened reality: powerful and poignant, overwhelming and sumptuous. The content of his painting is its core; he is put off by the sometimes tiresome homage paid by some artists’ works wherein the current trend is to worship aesthetics over content. Gorka has too much reverence for what is vital to eviscerate his creations. They are alive, breathing, as anyone who has witnessed the painitings.