Lives in Squamish, BC
Paul Paquette trained as a graphic designer at Capilano College in the late 1980s, working as an illustrator and graphic artist upon graduation. In 1993, he bought a 30-foot sailboat and for the next three years explored the waters of southern British Columbia. His paintings of this period often reflect the many shapes and moods of the coast and the Gulf Islands. However, living on a boat eventually proved to be impractical, and Paquette moved back to Vancouver. Paquette’s interest in history and travelling is reflected in his work. Rustic European locations, picturesque harbours, hilltop villages, rural villas and dramatic renaissance statues and church decorations have found their way into his paintings. The main focus of his practice, however, is rooted in exploring subjects closer to the Pacific Northwest Coast that he calls home.