Paul Boultbee is a prolific visual artist, who runs his own studio in Red Deer, and has exhibited his works from Calgary to Connecticut. He also makes regular appearances as an actor on local stages and in independent movies.
After getting his library sciences degree, he worked for six years as a librarian in the balmy Bahamas. When his contract there ended, he moved to Central Alberta in 1982, having landed a job as librarian at Red Deer College (RDC).
He remembers his first conversation upon arriving was about Red Deer’s theatre scene. Former Central Alberta Theatre member Mary Lou Armstrong picked him up from the airport and “all we talked about was theatre. She connected me right away and I got involved in CAT,” said Boultbee, who also began acting in RDC stage shows, such as You Can’t Take It With You and A Christmas Carol. He estimates that he’s been in about 30 stage productions over the years — including The Drawer Boy and other compelling Ignition Theatre plays as well as appearing in about 20 films, including Pizney’s Occupation, which did well on the film festival circuit.
As his job at RDC became more administrative his artistic desires burgeoned. “I was surrounded by so many creative people that I wanted to do more creative things.” He signed up in 2000 for some classes in drawing and painting. “I loved it!” he recalled.
In 2006, he opened alleyscape studio, where he creates abstract, minimalist works. Achieving the “look and feel” of something as substantial as a grain elevator with just a few lines is a challenge he’s applied to various projects. He’s exhibited in solo and group shows across North America.