Darisse Paquette

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A medical illustrator for 25 years, my work combined artistic ability, a thorough understanding of human anatomy, and knowledge of surgical and medical procedures. As Chief Artist at what is now Tufts Medical Center in Boston, I spent 12 years working closely with physicians to produce illustrations using traditional and digital techniques for medical textbooks, scientific journals, instructional videos, presentations, illustrations for pharmaceutical and medical product advertising, patient education materials, and large exhibits. When the art department closed in December 2000, I continued working from my home studio for the next 12 years. I spent much vacation time painting for enjoyment, primarily detailed watercolor studies of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Over several years I created an award-winning series of 24 “portraits” of fruits and vegetables, along with numerous floral still life watercolors. Over the past eight years, I gradually phased out medical illustration work to pursue new artistic directions. I am working in larger formats, exploring acrylic on canvas, coastal landscape, and human and animal portraiture. I continue to enjoy floral watercolors while broadening my technique and subject matter. I have displayed and sold work in local shows and art auctions since 2007 and am in the process of developing an online presence.


I find great beauty in the details and complexities of the natural world and try to interpret them in my work. Close observation of striking moments in the environment around me is part of my artistic journey, and I hope my paintings help people see everyday scenes in a new light. I am especially interested in color and the dramatic contrasts of light and shadow as they move throughout a painting. I have always been fascinated by watercolor and love the challenges of a medium that allows for few mistakes. I enjoy the visual tension that results from the interplay between focused areas celebrating the beauty of specific details against looser, more abstracted backgrounds, where the spontaneous interchange between pigments on a wet ground can be spectacular and inspiring.