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John Pototschnik Interview

Not only is John Pototschnik a fine painter but also a gifted and probing interviewer.
He gave me much to think about in answering his questions.
Thank you John

Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master John Potoschnik's recent interview of Joe Paquet:
"If you speak with Joe Paquet for any length of time, you will quickly discover that he is very passionate about painting…about creating ART…not just churning out a PRODUCT. "The need to say something is a far cry from the need to be heard," he says. "There is art and there is product and they are rarely the same thing."

He is opinionated and decisive. He's not afraid to take a stand, buck the norm, even stand alone if necessary, in order to make a well-reasoned point. For example, he believes many artists do not properly value their intellectual property. "Monetizing one's knowledge and creations is harder now than ever before because of social media. If artists don't value their own content, no one else will." Paquet also believes that artist's insecurity often translates to a lack of self-value. "We are often asked to contribute content, or the art itself, with the proviso that we will enhance our careers – the old line – "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

Please visit John's site HERE for the full interview

California Art Club

103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
March 30 - April 20, 2014
Lake & Rail Elevator $24,000  24
Lake & Rail Elevator  24" x 30"   $24,000

This exhibit showcases truly amazing work from across the U.S..
I will be exhibiting two works for the first time; the industrial piece was painted in Buffalo N.Y. along the shore of Lake Erie. The smaller painting was done in rural Southern China.  Visit the California Art Club for details.

Chickens, Geese, Ducks & Pigs  8 x 12  $22,000
Chickens, Geese, Ducks & Pigs 8" x 12"  $3300

Exhibition: Why Outdoors?:

The Plein Air Painters of America

The Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
April 21 - May 9, 2014
Furrows & Fractions   24 x 30   $13,500
Furrows & Fractions  24" x 30"  $13,500 - SOLD

This exhibit at the historic Salmagundi Club in Manhattan will highlight nearly 100 works from the PAPA group. I will be attending the opening on Friday, April 25th and exhibiting the two large field paintings shown here. Additionally I have the honor of writing the forward to the exhibition catalogue printed below.
I look forward to seeing you there.

Valley Sawmill 28 x 40 $22,000
Valley Sawmill  28" x 40"  $22,000

The Living Experience: Why Paint Plein Air?

Forward to the exhibition catalogue by Joseph Paquet

"Why not just take a photo?"

All of us have heard that question while painting outdoors. The fact is that even the finest photo will never be a just substitute for the Living Experience of painting on location.

The Living Experience is first about connection. Being enveloped by nature affords the artist an opportunity to radiate all of our senses outward and creates multiple points of contact with a particular experience. The more senses the artist engages, the more potent the encounter.

The Living Experience is also being subject to an environment we cannot control, giving us a healthy sense of our place in the world and a measure of humility. Though humility the universe reveals itself.

On a very practical level, the Living Experience gives us the chance to have friction imposed upon us. Friction forces the artist out of numb comfort into a wakeful appreciation of the moment.

The Living Experience necessitates working quickly, allowing the artist to access intuition and to experience risk. Clarity and economy are the poetry of risk, and through them the artist opens the door for a chance to experience spirit.

So, yes, to those who deny the values of connection, humility, friction, and risk in experiencing spirit, why not just take a photo?

If you would like to see a PDF of the Exhibition Forward, click here. 

New York Exhibition - Salmagundi Club

128th Annual Members Exhibition, November 14 through November 27th, 2011

Sunday AfternoonSunday Afternoon 24 x30" - Oil on Mounted Linen - $16,000

The above painting has been accepted and will be shown in the exhibition. For those of you who may not be familiar, the Samagundi is the oldest art club in the US. Its rich history includes many of the great American Impressionists and has a library, dining room and great art collection. It's worth a visit.

California Art Club: Winter Symposium

Fort Mason Conference Center San Francisco - January 21st & 22nd 2012

I have the honor of being asked to be the keynote speaker at this wonderful event.The weekend combines lectures, critiques and demos from nationally prominent artists in a spacious environment at a nominal cost.

Seating is limited to 250 participants. Contact: California Art Club for more details: 626.583.9009

Hope for Spring 18' x 28' - Oil on Mounted Linen - $12,000

Hope for Spring 18" x 28" - $12,000 - SOLD

Stockton California  

PAPA Allure of water Exhibition, Haggin Museum
Through January 22nd, 2012

If you have not had a chance to see it, the show is a stunner with a great collection of guest artists this year as well. The folks at the Haggin did an amazing job.

Spring Art Shows

Connections - Oil on Mounted Linen - $2800
Connections 8.5x10" - $2800

Opening at Hoffman Parkin Urban Realty

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5-8pm · kickoff night for Art-A-Whirl
17 4th Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 623-1199
In Northeast Mpls between Whitey's & The Aveda Institute

Oak Above the Sea 8' x 12' - Oil on Mounted Linen - $2900
Oak Above the Sea 8x12" - $2900

CATALINA: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale
At the Catalina Country Club

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, nine nationally acclaimed plein air artists will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands as well as Avalon and Two Harbors at the Catalina Country Club. Proceeds from the sale of these unique paintings will help to establish a permanent collection of plein air artwork that documents the Island's "wild side" and the Conservancy's restoration efforts. Click here for ticket information and event details.


Sprinkler and Spring Greens

On Exhibit at The Pasadina Museum of California Art California Art Club, 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Waiting for the Bus

12" x 20" $4900 - SOLD

St. Paul Art Crawl - Friday Only, April 23rd 5pm-10pm

Joe will be unveiling 17 new small works during the Spring Art Crawl. Click here to preview them!

Sprinkler and Spring Greens

Waiting for the Bus, 8 x 10 $2800

This is the trailer for Joe's segment. The premiere episode airs April 22nd at 7:30pm on TPT2. More information about the show is available on there website.

American Artist - Workshop Magazine

Joe Teaching in Cape Cod

The next issue of American Artist Workshop Magazine due out May 17th, features an article about Joe's Cape Cod Workshop written by Stephen Doherty. Photos by Steve Smith, including the image above.

Preserving Santa Catalina Through Art - Sold Out Show!

Catalina Show

Roy Rose kindly hosted a show of fourteen of Joe's paintings at his house on Catalina Island.
See all of these paintings on the recent paintings page

Press Coverage

Watch video interview with Phil Boltsa

Several publications have interviewed Joe recently, The California Art Club Newsletter and The Villager, you can read the full articles reprinted here.

Landscape Painting

New Book by Mitch Albala

Several of Joe's paintings appear in Mitch Albala's new book. Mitch's two-and-a-half-year project is done and will be published November 17th 2009.

Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice is available to purchase on Amazon here.

Additional info is available at Mitch's website.

Recent Awards

Crystal Garages
Crystal Cove Alliance
Costal Splendor
Third Place


Roman Temple Ruins
Roman Temple Ruins
wins the
Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape
California Art Club
97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

additionally awarded the
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award of Excellence

Pigs Eye Railyard 12 x 20Pigs Eye Railyard 12" x 20"
Wins Top Award in Oil, the J. Alden Bryan Memorial Prize
Salmagundi Club, New York — Annual Members' Exhibition


Morning Light, Crystal CoveMorning Light, Crystal Cove wins the
9th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
Artist's Choice Award
Collector's Choice Award

Morning Light, Crystal CoveMoss Pointe, 16" x 20"
First Place Award, Landscape
Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition


Morning Light, Crystal CoveCorner of Kent & Selby, St. Paul 24" x 30"
First Place Award, Landscape
Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition