Paul Paquette was born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 1962. His family moved to Montreal and Winnipeg, then finally to Vancouver, British Columbia.
He began attending drop-in life classes at the Federation of Canadian Artists and received 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 Hiene, 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. Here he studied to become a graphic artist- with a heavy personal emphasis on illustration- and earned a place on the Deans List in his first year. However during his third year at Capillano College Paul met and studied under Paul Degan, an excellent artist and inspiring teacher.
“I have always felt a tremendous debt to Paul Degan – more than any other teacher. He believed in my artistic talent and pushed me back towards painting at a time when I was prepared to consign my personal art to mere hobby in favour of graphic work. After completing college, Paul pursued a career as an illustrator and graphic artist, but only to support himself while he developed his painting technique.
Paul Paquette is very much an outdoor person, sailing and climbing are two of his favourite sports. In Paul’s travels to Europe he’s been to many of the major museums in France, Italy and Spain. His painting technique shows his love of oil paint and wonderful use of colour. Paul Paquette’s work is shown through many art galleries in Canada and his painting style is well known. He has developed his own technique in oil using texture and colour. His work is in many corporate collections including Bull Housser Tupper, Equifaira Advisors, Odlum Brown, Haywood Securities, Clark Wilson and DLA Piper LLP.
“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. I can never be an artist who paints the same subject using the same technique over and over again. 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.”