After moving to Carolina Beach three years ago, Paglia decided he wanted to learn how to surf. After searching for the perfect artwork on a board, Paglia wanted to create his own designs. After spending a great deal of his professional career in the fashion industry as a designer/illustrator, he was confident that this task would be an adventure. While delving into research about surfboards, Paglia found himself immersed in the history of Carolina Beach. He has created several large works of art incorporating the towns’ history that have been on display throughout Carolina Beach.
The Spadefish Gallery at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher showcases local artists throughout the year. Artwork that coincides with the Aquarium’s mission of “Inspiring Appreciation and Conservation of North Carolina’s Aquatic Environment” is located on the second floor, near the auditorium.