Paul Mombourquette - Illustrator
Paul is an illustrator who is currently working for Disney Interactive Studios as a computer animator. He lives in Utah, but he was born and raised in Canada as an “Air Force Brat” moving from base to base every two or three years. “Whenever people ask which area of Canada I am from, I always tell them from all over.” He has had some interesting jobs along the way to help support his art work. Paul started as an editorial cartoonist at the age of 11 for a local newspaper, but soon found a need to acquire a paying job to fund his craft. “When I asked the publisher for enough money to pay for pens and paper, they told me they didn't have a budget for that. I soon realized I needed to finance my own artistic endeavors.” He started working as a peach picker at the age of twelve.
This was the start of a varied assortment of employment opportunities: from milkman to grave digger to janitor to railroad worker and all stops in between. While working at these jobs Paul managed to develop a career as a painter teaching himself art fundamentals. He then attended H. B. Beal Art in London, Ontario where he majored in painting and etching. “I wanted to explore as many artistic fields as possible and the computer was the next tool to add to my belt.” Paul next enrolled in the Computer Graphics and Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Paul was working as an illustrator when Valerie Hussey, president of Kids Can Press, saw one of his pieces in a magazine. “This was the start of a wonderful experience for me. Illustrating books for children gave me a freedom in art which I had never experienced before. “
The books illustrated by Paul include Emma and the Silk Train, Fog Cat and Klondike Cat. He has won the Mr. Christie award, the Toronto Chapter of the IODE award and has won merit form the BC Book Prizes, Christie Harris Prize.
Paul lives in the Salt Lake valley in Utah with his wife, Maureen. “My studio looks out over the valley and is surrounded by the Wasatch mountain range. It is hard to work when such beautiful distractions seem within arm's reach.”