After receiving an associate of arts degree in 1984 in painting and drawing, Paul Rhymer worked at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making for twenty-five years. He retired in 2010. Having done so much three-dimensional work in his job, in the late 1990s, he gradually began to move from painting and drawing into sculpture.
Rhymer’s work has been exhibited in Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin (2008-2017); the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014. and 2017); and the Brookgreen Gardens Masters Exhibition (2013) in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. He had a solo exhibition at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland, in 2010.
His public art installations are at the Briscoe Western Art Museum; Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.; Denver Zoo; NatureWorks, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Hagerstown City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Shepard Park, Summerville, South Carolina; and B.I.R.D.S. Project, Summerville, South Carolina.