Paul Bates


Ooh La La Boutique & Gifts
209 N College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Directions: From Hwy 62B, turn left onto North College Street. Boutique is first drive on the left, across from Walgreens.

A native Arkansan, born in Magnolia on February 24, 1979, Paul Bates has preferred to pave his own way, and started his first business when he was 16 years old. Following graduation from Mountain Home High School in 1997, he moved to Kansas City and studied at DeVry University. Shortly following the move, Paul was offered a job with a solid company, and at 19 years old, he left college to enter the high paced corporate world. Years passed, and so did his motivation of working for anything other than his dreams. Leaving the corporate world in 2010, he relocated to Little Rock, and lived life outside of an office building as the Director of an Event Planning/Transportation Company. His life journey is cultured and diverse, ranging from IT analyst, process server, radio talk show personality, and he currently works as a Pet Care Specialist for a premiere company in Little Rock. All of these life experiences are reflected in his art.

During a very dark period of recovery from addiction, Paul discovered a talent in his love for art. He was able to express his emotions through a paint brush. His paintings lure people into a unique world of color, form, emotion and life. Music is a common theme within his work, and has also been a major healing force in his recovery.

Paul is a self-taught emerging artist. He is honored to sell paintings inside and outside of the United States, and has also displayed his work at several locations throughout the state. Paul returned to Mountain Home for its beauty and tranquility, and the inspiration to pursue his dream as an artist.