About Paul Paquette
Paul Paquette was born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 1962. In his teens Paul took an interest in photography, film making and woodworking. However it was not until after his graduation from high school that he began painting.He began attending drop-in life classes at the Federation of Canadian Artists. Here he was introduced to Alan Edwards (then president of FCA) who saw fit to give Paul a study bursary allowing unlimited access to art classes. For the next three years, Paul attended regular classes and seminars given by artists such as Alan Edwards, Harry Heine, Kiff Holland, Robert Genn and Elizabeth Smily to name a few. In 1985, Paul was accepted into commercial art program at Capilano College in North Vancouver. After completing college, Paul pursued a career as an illustrator and graphic artist, but only as much as necessary to support himself while he developed his painting technique."I found that by the mid 1990's I had begun to move away from figurative work (with the exception of portraits) and was now increasingly exploring the possibilities of painting landscapes. It was in this direction that I found fresh creative energy. It's been a long road but the journey isn't really over. Just when I feel my energy beginning to flag, I find a new subject or try a different approach and the excitement and enthusiasm rise up all over again. Painting isn't work to me - not in the conventional sense of the word - it is something I become completely absorbed in, where I lose all track of time. My easel is like a laboratory and I feel compelled to try new things all the time - this is what keeps painting challenging and exciting. I am my own toughest critic and I set my expectations higher each time I sit down to paint."