The visceral paintings and works on paper by artist Paul Mullins seem to pay homage to the rural contentment and simplicity of life as represented by images of dogs, fish and land working people. However, the sensitivity of the artist’s renderings elevates the commonplace imagery, offering a more substantial look at this subject matter. Mullins’ new work is a departure from his previous imagery of muscle cars, grand champion hogs and bulls, which spoke much more of masculinity within that type of lifestyle, yet the focus still remains on rural American life. Opening this Saturday at the Nathan Larranmendy Gallery in Ojai, California, will be “Some Other Day in the Garden,” new works by Mullins. The artist has exhibited widely in the U.S. with shows at Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida, and Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago, among many others. He has been featured in Flash Art and Flaunt Magazine as well as Artnet.com. Mullins received his MFA from Ohio State University, and his BFA from Marshall University in West Virginia, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.