On Nature’s Terms: Thomas Paquette

The Wildling Museum presented an exhibition, On Nature’s Terms: Paintings of Thomas Paquette commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It was onn view from January 17-April 7, 2014 to MAY 26, 2014. Thomas Paquette's paintings in On Nature's Terms were inspired by his journeys to federal wilderness areas all across the country. The great diversity and vitality of environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System – from southwest canyons and high peaks, east and west seashores, to lowland swamps and deserts – were reflected in these gouache and oil paintings. Subjects included Okefenokee Swamp in the south to Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the north, and wilderness areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming.

Paquette’s paintings are contemplations of those special places where nature dominates.  On Nature's Terms was a tribute to the importance of protecting some lands forever as wild.

Paquette stated, “Natural landscapes inspire me beyond words, and so I paint them. I am captivated by the vastness of nature and the endless variety of moment-to-moment and place-to-place differences in weather, vegetation and geology. This fascination moves the brush.”

The Wildling and Paquette celebrated 2014 as it marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the first piece of legislation in the world to define protected wilderness areas.