Paul Butvila was born in England on November 24, 1953. His family later immigrated to Canada when he was a child. He presently resides in Vancouver, BC where he pursues his art career. Paul's earliest recollection of an interest in art was in kindergarten. At age 11 his parents purchased Paul his first oil painting set which encouraged him to complete only two paintings. Soon after, the interest of art was lost to pursue his interest in childhood but did continue to sketch throughout it. Paul picked up a paintbrush again at 20 years of age. Inspired by the works of renowned Fantasy Artist, Boris Vallejo, Paul decided he would be an illustrator.