Paul Barton was born in Yorkshire, England in 1961. Studied at the Royal Academy of Arts London at 16 years old. Won first prizes for portrait painting and portrait drawing in annual student competitions. Graduated at 20 years old with the The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation prize. Exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Royal Society of Portrait Painters. In 1996 married Khwan Barton, a wildlife artist. They work together from their studio in Thailand.
Paul's portrait sitters include the prominent British politicians Roy Jenkins, Sir David Steel, and business leaders, Sir John Harvey Jones. Private commissions include entertainment personalities, actors, writers, musicians and numerous individual and family portrait groups.