Featured Artist… Joe Paquet!

“Sprinkler and Spring Greens” by Joe Paquet

I think this is a fabulous painting. I can’t tell you how much I love the sprinkler! Who would guess it could add so much to a painting… Fabulous greens in this painting, lovely light and shadows and an unexpected sprinkler surprise! Joe is a very talented artist. I perused his many paintings via his website and they are SPECTACULAR!

Here’s a blip about Joe from his website:

Joseph Paquet, while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, had the good fortune of finding a mentor in John Foote who opened his eyes to the joys of drawing the human figure. After graduating, Joe met another major influence in his life, John Osborne, who was uniquely gifted in producing convincing landscape paintings from memory. Osborne believed a landscape painting should begin on location, but that its poetic essence should be completed in the solitude of the artist’s studio. Paquet experienced a demanding and rewarding apprenticeship, in which he learned to fuse field studies with the image he could see in his mind’s eye. To summarize this experience, he explains, “The intellectual process became married to the intuitive. Paint what you know well as what you see.” He goes on to expand the possibilities, “If I have the need or desire to move a mountain, add a figure or change the course of a river, I can do so. I am no longer shackled to nature. Now, I am painting my picture.” Paquet teaches and paints at Hurinenko and Paquet Studio in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He has been featured in an October 1995 article in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, the May 2002 issue of The Artist Magazine, the March 2004 issue of American Artist and the July 2005 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Paquet’s recent awards include both Artists’ Choice and Collectors’ Choice from the 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from the Salmagundi Club of New York and the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist’s Choice Competition.

Paquet is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and an Out-of-State Artist Member of the California Art Club.

Now how many of you remember this?? A DRIVE IN movie?!! With those little boxes that hooked on your window with the sound. How much fun was this?! Actually when I think back, the mosquitoes, the poor sound quality, the heat of the night, it would make you wonder why they were so popular. BUT… it was an adventure. It was fun. I have vivid memories of seeing Snow White at the drive in… my sister started crying, wanted to go home, she got scared… she conveniently got plopped into the backseat, and if I remember correctly was entertained by my mom while my dad and I watched the movie! Funny the things you remember. This is a sweet painting with great memories!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Sprinkler and Spring Greens – Image via Roger’s Gardens Facebook… 

Two Choices for Saturday Night – Image via Plein Air Painters of America Facebook

4 thoughts on “Featured Artist… Joe Paquet!

  1. Another interesting fact; I checked Paquet’s studio website and discovered that the designer of his web page is another blogger who occasionally posts on City Daily Photos. Nice to have St. Paul and one of its finest get the nod in your post today!! We definitely are not fly-over-country!


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