Paul Arsenault

Arsenault's plein air paintings are immediately recognizable for their bold color and unique perspective. His talent was first recognized at the age of 16 when he won the Frank Vining Smith Award, competing with a number of adult painters. Following his graduation from the Art Institute of Boston in 1973, he joined the crew of the Research Vessel Gosnold at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. When he landed on Florida's East Coast that year, he met A.E. "Beanie" Backus, a legendary Florida landscape painter, who told Arsenault, "Jump ship and start painting!". He followed the advice.
Arsenault's base of operations for the past 40 years is Naples, FL. From there, he has taken painting trips to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Cuba, Antigua, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados, the Grenadines, and his favorite island, Dominica. In 1984, he embarked on a four month painting tour of the South Pacific, including the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Western Samoa, Fiji, and the Hawaiian Islands. In the 1990s, he was commissioned by an international corporation to paint a series for their headquarters, sending him to Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Bali, other regions of Asia, and Australia . He established the Arsenault Gallery in Old Naples in 1991, and opened a summer gallery on Nantucket in 1992. With these 2 bases, he continues his travels.
Paul's early exposure to and knowledge of working ports and exotic harbors, combined with his talent for zeroing in immediately on the essence of a place, have made him a popular choice for commissions requiring extensive yet efficient travel. Paintings from these trips hang in public places and private and corporate collections around the world.
Along with travel, annual fundraising shows in Naples and Nantucket have been a hallmark of his career, and since l983, these have benefited a variety of non-profit organizations devoted to health, environmental protection, and historic preservation. Paul's vibrant and widely collected paintings reflect a rhythm and pattern that distinguish his easily recognizable style. His lifelong pursuit to paint contemporary life in coastal communities is enhanced by his passion for history and his natural storytelling ability.
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