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Portfolio of
 Denise Paquette 

St Lazare de Vaudreuil, QC
Canada

Media Type(s):
    Oils & Acrylics
Watercolors
Mixed Media
Sculpture
Jewelry
Misc/Other

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Galleries in Portfolio:

abstract
Landscape
More abstracts 7.5x7.5
New works 2011 2012
New works 2013
New works on Yupo paper
Sculptures with Paverpol paint
Sea scape

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Gallery Direct Interview with DENISE PAQUETTE


Denise’s work is stunning and takes the observant viewer into a world where realism and abstraction have no boundaries. She works with many mediums and materials, which she often combines to create subtle intricacies and dimension to her work.


Mixed Media:
Majestueux by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-5411
Majestueux
Q 

I understand you had a long career as a high school music teacher. Did you always have a hidden desire to be an artist?

Yes I taught instrumental music in Junior High School. I received my Bachelor of Music, at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, where I learned how to play all the band instruments including string instruments. .I received my ARCT degree in piano from the Conservatory of Toronto in 1963 . At that time I was in the order of Sisters of Holy Cross in Edmonton. In 1973 I left the order and went to Quebec and taught instrumental music in schools in Laval QC. giving concert twice a year with my students .Since I was a pianist I considered myself an artist and I still play piano almost everyday in the morning. I was not thinking of painting at that time because I was deeply involved in teaching music in school and in private.

Oils & Acrylics:
Vol au vent by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-9992
Vol au vent
Q 

What formal or informal education in the arts did you have at the time you decided to become an artist?

In 1985, after 38 years of teaching High School, which included the years I taught in Alberta, I retired from my career in teaching. My family, including my uncles and 3 sisters, are all very artistic. But since I was the musician I never thought of painting. When I retired from teaching I was still teaching piano and string to children in my new area in St Lazare QC. In 1992 I took lessons in oil for about 5 years ( I was 63) and had my first solo exhibition in 1997. After that, I started taking watercolor lessons with another wonderful teacher. In 2000 I had my second solo exhibition.

Oils & Acrylics:
Valse des caplans by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-5260
Valse des caplans
Q 

Who has given you the most encouragement and inspiration during your career?

When I started taking workshops and joining Associations, i found it very encouraging, because I met a lot of good artists. It was good to be able to exchange ideas and information and be able to show twice a year in my area. I read a lot of very good magazines like International Artists or Artists Magazine and a lot of Great Masters. I have a huge library with art books.

Q 

What kinds of images did you first start out with and what was your medium of choice at that time?

At first the teacher made us copy a picture or image such as a landscape or still life, but I was not confortable with this method. I was working in oil and then watercolor.

Oils & Acrylics:
Hippocampe by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-5339
Hippocampe
Q 

You now work in a number of mediums. Could you tell us which medium has challenged you the most and which you have found most rewarding?

Yes, I like to explore all kinds of mediums. When I read an article in a magazine or a book and find the idea of a new way to paint, it is a challenge for me. I have to try it. The more rewarding medium to me now is acrylic, and sometimes I use watercolor on Yupo paper. The painting I sold through Gallery Direct (Bal de nuit) is a watercolor on Yupo paper. I also do many paintings with mixed media. I like to try everything.

Oils & Acrylics:
Cuba Girl by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-7838
Cuba Girl
Q 

What role do you think your emotions play in the creative process and does music have a role in how you visualize your images?

When I start a painting I have to be relaxed and at peace. I listen to music and the songs of my birds in the house. Since I do mostly abstract now I never know where I will go in the painting. I mostly play with colours. Colours influence me. If I'm stuck and do not know what colour will be better to add, I take some great artists books and look at the way they choose colors in their paintings. I like very much Cézanne, Monet, and Turner.

Oils & Acrylics:
Fonds marin by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-6040
Fonds marin
Q 

As an artist, do you think you perceive the world differently from other people?

I think so. But I do not take pride for it and do not feel superior from the people who are not artists, because everyone has a little place in their heart that is artistic in some way or the other. Sarah Brenbach in her book, Simple Abondance, says that the woman in her kitchen is as much an artist as a painter.Since most of my friends are artists the dialogue is much easier because we can exchange information about art and I find this very fulfilling..

Q 

What has been the biggest challenge for you so far and how did you overcome that challenge?

To me this is a strange question. A challenge? May be that I started painting at 63 (quite late) and now going on 80 in november, I think this is my challenge. I never stop painting so I improve. If you could see my first painting from 1992 you would laugh...

Q 

What are your favorite pieces of work you have done and why are they your favorites?

Some watercolors but more so my latest abstract painting, especially when the viewer enjoys looking at it and discovers that a particular painting is talking to them. One time I did an abstract and to me it looked like a ship lost at sea, and I named it LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE An old couple bought that painting becasue it was very meaningful to them.

Oils & Acrylics:
Attente - Waiting by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-10383
Attente - Waiting
Q 

Could you tell us about your latest series of painting and what inspired you to do them?

I did many series of painting. I am always inspired by something I read or see, so I want to try it. When I visited in Ottawa and seen an Emily Carr exhibition, I came back home and wanted to make a series on Yupo paper while I still had in my mind and heart, the beautiful work of Emily Carr. She is very alive for me. I read all of her books. In February I attended a workshop in Paverpol sculpting and made 8 sculptures which you can see in my portfolio in Gallery Direct. We are having a show on April 25th, at which time we will present our scuptures.

Last year I made a 40 x 30 abstract painting in which the veiwer could see a woman. My workshop teacher offered to make sculpture that would go with the colors of my painting, which is mostly orange and ochre. Her statue looks just like my painting. I will present it at the April show.


Oils & Acrylics:
Ebullitions by Denise Paquette
Artwork-ID: 140-7550
Ebullitions
Q 

Could you tell us about your latest series of painting and what inspired you to do them?

I did many series of painting. I am always inspired by something I read or see, so I want to try it. When I visited in Ottawa and seen an Emily Carr exhibition, I came back home and wanted to make a series on Yupo paper while I still had in my mind and heart, the beautiful work of Emily Carr. She is very alive for me. I read all of her books. In February I attended a workshop in Paverpol sculpting and made 8 sculptures which you can see in my portfolio in Gallery Direct. We are having a show on April 25th, at which time we will present our scuptures.

Last year I made a 40 x 30 abstract painting in which the veiwer could see a woman. My workshop teacher offered to make sculpture that would go with the colors of my painting, which is mostly orange and ochre. Her statue looks just like my painting. I will present it at the April show.



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