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The Wide Deep River  3.25" x 3.5"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Panel

The Wide Deep River

3.25" x 3.5"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Panel

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Study Glen Mor II  5.75" x 4"  Oil/Linen

Study: Glen Mor II

5.75" x 4"

Oil/Linen

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Study: Glen Alladale  4" x 5.75  Oil/Linen

Study: Glen Alladale

4" x 5.75

Oil/Linen

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Mt. Kineo From Rockwood III  3.5" x 4.5"  Oil/Linen/Mounted Wood Panel

Mt. Kineo From Rockwood III

3.5" x 4.5"

Oil/Linen/Mounted Wood Panel

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High View To The Water  6.62" x 4"  Oil/Paper/Birch Ply

High View To The Water

6.62" x 4"

Oil/Paper/Birch Ply

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Sweep Of Beach  2.63" x 3.69"  Oil/Linen/Birch Ply

Sweep Of Beach

2.63" x 3.69"

Oil/Linen/Birch Ply

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Ironwood Trail Study II (Green)  3.13" x 5.13"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

Ironwood Trail Study II (Green)

3.13" x 5.13"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

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Ironwood Trail Study III (Red Shift)  3.13" x 5.13"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

Ironwood Trail Study III (Red Shift)

3.13" x 5.13"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

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Green Sky Over The Mississippi  14" x 10"  Oil On Wood Panel

Green Sky Over The Mississippi

14" x 10"

Oil On Wood Panel

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Cloud Hidden-Yellowstone-Distant Flurry  15.5" x 11"  Oil/Paper Mounted On Hardwood Panel

Cloud Hidden-Yellowstone-Distant Flurry

15.5" x 11"

Oil/Paper Mounted On Hardwood Panel

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Evening Beach (study) 16" x 12"  Oil On Linen

Evening Beach (Study)

16" x 12"

Oil On Linen

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Toward Evening Beach  54" x 38"  Oil On Linen

Toward Evening: Beach

54" x 38"

Oil On Linen

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Onoko (Lower Falls)  54" x 38"  Oil On Linen

Onoko (Lower Falls)

54" x 38"

Oil On Linen

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Current (Mississippi) 24" x 20"  Oil On Linen

Current (Mississippi)

24" x 20"

Oil On Linen

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Clouds So Inclined Study  3.38" x 2.68"  Oil/Luan Panel

Clouds So Inclined (Study)

3.38" x 2.68"

Oil/Luan Panel

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Stay In I (orange) 3.25" 4.13"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Stay In I (Orange)

3.25" 4.13"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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Stay In II (Green) 3.13" x 4.13"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Stay In II (Green)

3.13" x 4.13"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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Shipping Lanes, New Orleans 3.38" x 4.5"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Shipping Lanes, New Orleans

3.38" x 4.5"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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The Wide Deep River  3.25" x 3.5"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Panel

The Wide Deep River

3.25" x 3.5"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Panel

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Study Glen Mor II  5.75" x 4"  Oil/Linen

Study: Glen Mor II

5.75" x 4"

Oil/Linen

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Study: Glen Alladale  4" x 5.75  Oil/Linen

Study: Glen Alladale

4" x 5.75

Oil/Linen

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Mt. Kineo From Rockwood III  3.5" x 4.5"  Oil/Linen/Mounted Wood Panel

Mt. Kineo From Rockwood III

3.5" x 4.5"

Oil/Linen/Mounted Wood Panel

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High View To The Water  6.62" x 4"  Oil/Paper/Birch Ply

High View To The Water

6.62" x 4"

Oil/Paper/Birch Ply

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Sweep Of Beach  2.63" x 3.69"  Oil/Linen/Birch Ply

Sweep Of Beach

2.63" x 3.69"

Oil/Linen/Birch Ply

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Ironwood Trail Study II (Green)  3.13" x 5.13"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

Ironwood Trail Study II (Green)

3.13" x 5.13"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

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Ironwood Trail Study III (Red Shift)  3.13" x 5.13"  Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

Ironwood Trail Study III (Red Shift)

3.13" x 5.13"

Oil/Linen/Mounted On Wood Panel

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Green Sky Over The Mississippi  14" x 10"  Oil On Wood Panel

Green Sky Over The Mississippi

14" x 10"

Oil On Wood Panel

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Cloud Hidden-Yellowstone-Distant Flurry  15.5" x 11"  Oil/Paper Mounted On Hardwood Panel

Cloud Hidden-Yellowstone-Distant Flurry

15.5" x 11"

Oil/Paper Mounted On Hardwood Panel

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Evening Beach (study) 16" x 12"  Oil On Linen

Evening Beach (Study)

16" x 12"

Oil On Linen

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Toward Evening Beach  54" x 38"  Oil On Linen

Toward Evening: Beach

54" x 38"

Oil On Linen

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Onoko (Lower Falls)  54" x 38"  Oil On Linen

Onoko (Lower Falls)

54" x 38"

Oil On Linen

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Current (Mississippi) 24" x 20"  Oil On Linen

Current (Mississippi)

24" x 20"

Oil On Linen

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Clouds So Inclined Study  3.38" x 2.68"  Oil/Luan Panel

Clouds So Inclined (Study)

3.38" x 2.68"

Oil/Luan Panel

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Stay In I (orange) 3.25" 4.13"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Stay In I (Orange)

3.25" 4.13"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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Stay In II (Green) 3.13" x 4.13"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Stay In II (Green)

3.13" x 4.13"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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Shipping Lanes, New Orleans 3.38" x 4.5"  Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Shipping Lanes, New Orleans

3.38" x 4.5"

Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

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"My working methods take cues from the principles of flow and chance found in natural processes of water, geology, and weather. At the same time, my paintings are images of those lands... water-sculpted places from the Mississippi River to Cape May beaches, and Scottish Highlands to Pennsylvania Waterfalls."

- Thomas Paquette

Stay In I (orange), 3.25" 4.13", Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Stay In I (Orange), 3.25" 4.13", Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

My only scholarly diversion from studying art in college and graduate school was when I studied to be a naturalist. Nature continues to be my teacher as well as my enduring painting subject because it astonishes me daily.

Everything from the momentary whims of weather to the massive yet imperceptible motion of continents serves as mentor and guide as I build up and scrape off layers of color to get at something more vital and essential about my subject than a superficial rendering would reveal. And just like the timeless work of nature, it doesn’t matter how long this process takes. It is only important that the painting evolves into a living talisman of the place that inspired it.

The vitality of the subject is held in the paint, and it may take several years of creation, destruction, and re-creation to best capture that, like a cut in a hillside tells the Earth’s dynamic tale. My studio has a good stash of interesting rocks collected during travels to remind me of this.

Artist Bio

Shipping Lanes, New Orleans, 3.38" x 4.5", Oil/Linen Mounted On Birch Panel

Pennsylvanian Thomas Paquette has been a full-time artist for over thirty years. Raised in Minneapolis, he dropped out of art school in his first year, intent on seeing the wider world up close. On and off for seven years, he explored the landscape in an unusual way, wandering around by hopping on freight trains carrying him on long journeys to the edges of the continent. He worked as a welder during some of that time and as a naturalist at others, before returning to college to earn a BFA in Painting at Bemidji State University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed his MFA in Painting on a full fellowship from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988, and has been a full-time painter ever since then.

Following formal studies, Paquette was awarded a three-year residency- fellowship in Miami Beach by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Subsequent residencies include American Academy in Rome, Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange, Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Acadia, Yosemite, and Rocky Mountain national parks.

Onoko, 54" x 38", Oil On Canvas

Onoko, 54" x 38", Oil On Canvas

Onoko

54" x 38"

Oil On Canvas

Clouds So Inclined (Study), 3.38" x 2.68", Oil/Luan Panel

Clouds So Inclined (Study), 3.38" x 2.68", Oil/Luan Panel

His paintings have been featured in more than sixty solo exhibitions in museums and prominent galleries in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. On Nature's Terms, a 70- painting solo exhibition, traveled in 2014-15 to art museums in California, New York and Indiana: Wildling Art Museum, St. Bonaventure Quick Center for the Arts, and Evansville Museum of Art.

Another traveling solo exhibition titled America's River Re-Explored: Paintings of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf was mounted at three museums in 2018-19: Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Watermark Art Center, and Dubuque Museum of Art. Other independent solo museum exhibitions of Paquette’s paintings were mounted at Erie Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, The Rockwell Museum, and Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Forty of his paintings have been selected to hang in nineteen U.S. embassies on five continents, including in the cities of Rome, Brussels (NATO permanent collection), Athens, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Taipei, and Santiago. His works are included in numerous private, corporate, museum and state collections, and he has given talks at museums and universities in the U.S., and in Greece, Wales, and England.

Paquette completed several commissions for public and private entities, the largest of which were pieces for the state of Minnesota (one at 32 feet in length, and another at 11 feet) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (a cycle of four works measuring 7- by 6-feet each).

He currently lives on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Video

Paquette Studio design - InScale Architects

Filmed by Jeremy Bickling (Stratos Media Solutions), this video explores some of the considerations put into the design and construction of my painting studio by InScale Architects www.inscalearchitects.com. It was designed with green materials and considerations for natural light, fresh air replenishment and energy conservation.

Thomas Paquette 2020 Brinton 101

2020 BRINTON 101 artist Thomas Paquette discusses how his small works are used as studies for much larger pieces.

Paquette exhibition Groveland Gallery - Near Horizons

An introduction to the landscape paintings in Thomas Paquette's solo exhibition at Groveland Gallery "Near Horizons", April-May, 2020 (Minneapolis).

Paintings of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf: Thomas Paquette / America's River Re-Explored

Oil paintings in the traveling museum exhibition of works by Thomas Paquette, with the entire Mississippi River as subject. The exhibition was shown at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the Dubuque Museum of Art and the Watermark Art Center in 2018 and 2019. Narrated by Thomas Paquette. Music through Creative Commons by Damiano Baldoni: "A Ghrà"

Gallery Talk - Minnesota Marine Art Museum - Thomas Paquette: America's River Re-Explored

An informal "Gallery Walk and Talk" at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, given by Thomas Paquette on April 21, 2018, about his exhibition of paintings from the entire length of the Mississippi River. The exhibition was shown at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the Watermark Art Center, and the Dubuque Museum of Art in 2018 and 2019.

Arriving at Color: Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness painting by Thomas Paquette

A time-lapse video of work in progress on a 6-foot wide painting of Vermilion Cliffs, AZ. This painting was part of my solo show "On Nature's Terms", which traveled to museums in CA, NY and IN in 2014/2015.