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Q. Are the colours accurate?
A. We do our best! We can send more photographs or even chat over FaceTime to assist you.
Q. How are you sizing the artwork?
A. We use inches (H x W) and only list the canvas size without a frame.
Q. What does Framed or Unframed mean?
A. Unframed implies the artist intends the painting to be displayed without a frame. Traditionally, the canvas is finished on the sides with a black edge, or the image wraps around to the back. Framed implies that the artist intends the artwork to be framed, and the price includes the cost of framing by our gallery. We do not list the framed size, as you may choose framing options, depending on availability. Restrictions apply.
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Q. Can paintings listed as Unframed be framed?
A. In many cases, yes. Please send us an enquiry regarding the painting you wish to be framed. Please note, the cost of custom framing is not listed on our website.
Q. Can a piece of art be shipped from your other location for a viewing?
A. Artwork transfers between our galleries can be arranged depending on availability and being part of an active exhibition. There is a nominal fee to cover the cost of shipping and handling. *Conditions & restrictions apply.
Q. Do you offer refunds?
A. We don't offer refunds due to the nature of what we bring to market, we do provide options for exchanges or store credit under specific conditions. Please refer to our Return & Exchange Policy for more details.
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Paul Paquette was born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, in 1962. In 1985, he was accepted into the commercial art program at Capilano College in North Vancouver. After completing college, Paul pursued a career as an illustrator and graphic artist. In 1993, he bought a 30-foot sailboat and explored the waters of Southern British Columbia for the next three years. His paintings of this period often reflect the many shapes and moods of the coast and the Gulf Islands. By 2000 Paul began exhibiting in commercial galleries in British Columbia, which further increased his public exposure. Later in 2003, he resigned from his position as a graphic artist and began painting full time.
"It's been a long road, but the journey isn't nearly over. Just when I feel my energy beginning to flag, I find a new subject or try a different approach, and the excitement and enthusiasm rise up all over again. Painting isn't work to me – not in the conventional sense of the word – it's something I become completely absorbed in, where I lose all track of time. My easel is like a laboratory, and I feel compelled to try new things all the time – this is what keeps painting challenging and exciting. I am my own toughest critic, and I set my expectations higher each time I sit down to paint."
West End Gallery respectfully acknowledges the Lekwungen peoples, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, on whose traditional lands our Victoria gallery stands. We also acknowledge that our Edmonton gallery is situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples, including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and Inuit.