The following information was submitted in June of 2006 by art historian Michael R. Perez:
Paul M. Stotts was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada in 1872. He spent much of his boyhood on the coast and became a splendid sailor. A hobby he continued to enjoy throughout his life. Many of his existing paintings are of marine scenes, reflecting his love of the water and boats. He studied art in Toronto, and sometime in the late 1890s, he traveled to the deep south of the United States where he met his wife, Margaret, whom he married in 1900. They lived in New Orleans for a couple of years where Paul Stotts studied interior decorating, and later moved to their permanent address in Memphis, Tennessee. In Memphis, he opened a studio in his home
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