Thomas Paquette was born in Minnesota and holds a BFA degree in Painting from Bemidji State University, summa cum laude. He has painted full-time since earning his MFA degree in Painting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1988, which he attended on full fellowship. He is the recipient of awards and honors including artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, at the Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange (Greece), at three U.S. national parks (Acadia, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain). He was awarded a three-year residency-fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, in Miami. Paquette completed commissioned works for public and corporate collections including for Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Queen Mary II, and the States of Minnesota, Montana, Maine. His paintings have been selected to hang in nineteen U.S. embassies on five continents, including Rome, Athens, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Taipei, and Santiago. Paquette has lectured about his work across the country as well as in Greece, Wales, and England.

Paquette’s landscape paintings have been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, including solo shows in prominent galleries in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Washington DC.

In 2014-2015, the exhibition “On Nature’s Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act ” traveled to three museums across the country (the Wildling Art Museum, Quick Center for the Arts, and Evansville Museum of Art and Science). Other solo museum exhibitions of his paintings were mounted at Erie Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, The Rockwell Museum [Touching on Water], and Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Paquette lives in Warren, Pennsylvania, and has for three years been working on paintings from the entire length of the Mississippi, which will travel to three museums on the River (Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Watermark Art Center, and Dubuque Museum of Art) as an exhibition titled “Thomas Paquette: America’s River Re-Explored” in 2018-19.

“Leigh Lake, WY is a plein air gouache painting from a lovely tumultuous-weather day in the Tetons in autumn last year.  A strip of sunlight across the scene persisted long enough to impress and capture as it worked its way up the mountainside.

Thomas Paquette about "Leigh Lake, WY"

“River Island Study was meant to be part of my three-museum traveling exhibition (2014-2015) “On Nature’s Terms.” The show celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and consisted of paintings from several dozen wilderness areas I visited.  Even though it is a “study” this painting was not completed in time, though its far larger offspring (River Island, at 66 inches across) was finished. This painting depicts one of the smallest wilderness areas in America, Allegheny Islands Wilderness, which happens to be just downriver from where I live. It was included in a solo show at the Rockwell Museum (NY) titled “Touching on Water” in 2015, and has been in my collection since then. It must be pointed out that the painting has been substantively tweaked a few times well into 2017, so it appears a bit different from the image in the catalogue for that show.*

Thomas Paquette about "River Island Study"

*Personalized signed catalogues for purchasers.

“Towering Clouds was part of my three-museum traveling exhibition (2014-2015) “On Nature’s Terms.” The show celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and consisted of paintings from several dozen wilderness areas I visited. It actually appears twice in the catalogue, as it accompanies the final page.* The large version, titled Shards of Winter, which was also in that exhibition and catalogue, is now in the collection of the Brinton Museum. Both paintings depict a spot in Cloud Peak Wilderness in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. This version was in my personal collection until now.

Thomas Paquette about "Towering Clouds"

*Personalized signed catalogues for purchasers.