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, Joseph 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 artists studio.
Paquet experienced a demanding and rewarding apprenticeship,
in which he learned to fuse field studies with the image he could
see in his minds 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. 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