Sam Paonessa2019-01-10T14:18:56-04:00

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Sam Paonessa

Sam Paonessa

Artist Sam Paonessa

Sam Paonessa has been painting professionally for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 2009. Inspiration for his landscapes comes from placeslike Georgian Bay, Killarney, Algonquin Provincial Park, Québec, Maine and Italy to name a few. For the past number of years he has been sharing his talent by conducting demonstrations and teaching oil painting workshops in the GTA. His works have gained the attention of fine art collectors, both corporate and private across North America and Europe. His work is included in the permanent collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa , and the Centro d’arte e Cultura in Roccamorice, Pescara, Italy. The artist has shown in numerous group shows including the Frederick Varley Art Gallery, The Riverbrink Museum, Queenston and the Columbus Centre in Toronto. As well as a solo show at The Niagara Pumphouse in Niagara-on-the Lake.

Sam Paonessa Achievements

Congratulations to Sam for winning best Water in Feb -March 2018 Plein Air Competition

Sam Paonessa Wolf Creek Letchworth State Park

“Wolf Creek Letchworth State Park” – Sam Paonessa, Size: 9″ x 12″ Medium: Soft Pastel

  • Quick Draw, Honourable mention, 2004, Plein Air Canada
  • Quick Draw, Honourable mention, 2005, International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint  Out
  • Quick Draw 2nd prize, 2006, International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out
  • Quick Draw 1st prize, 2007, International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out
  • Inducted into the Ontario Society of Artists, 2009
  • Painting  purchase by Centro d’Arte e Cultura , Roccamorice, Pescara, Italy
  • Finalist in Canadian Brushstroke Magazine, Landscape Competition in 2011
  • Artwork  featured in Magazine Art in the Winter issue 2011/12  no. 94
  • Magazine Art Biennial Guide 2011
Sam Panonessa Art Workshop

Art Workshops

Sam Paonessa Artist Statement

“I am a professional artist who has enjoyed a creative career spanning over 35 years. Initially as a junior illustrator at TDF Artists, one of Canada’s largest commercial art studios and then at Hallmark Cards Canada in roles of illustrator and later art director. Being employed at these companies provided valuable experience and opportunity to create paintings and designs for greetings cards, calendars, ornaments and a wide variety of products for retail market.”

“I  find myself inspired by great art, artists, loved ones, the ever changing seasons and landscape, and endless life subjects.  As a plein air artist, the challenge of plein air painting is especially gratifying as I paint my admiration and reverence for the magnificent beauty of every season designed by the Creator’s hand.  I constantly work to develop my character, my faith and my skills to be the artist and person who will inspire others.

 Sam Paonessa – News

Sam Paonessa Art Workshop Oct 21 2017

Art Workshop with Sam Paonessa Impressionistic Landscape & Plein Air Opportunity Sam Panonessa Sam has recently returned from a painting tour of Tuscany. Enjoy the day enlightened by his new inspirations. The workshop will start out with a short demo, followed by question and answer session. The rest of [...]

Sam Paonessa Biography

Sam Paonessa AOCA, OSA The credentials of Sam Paonessa are in lengthy testament to his in depth study of the arts, achievements, which make for an outstanding artist and instructor.  Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada AOCA - Associate of the Ontario College of Art      OSA - Accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists Sam Paonessa Biography Education: Graduated from The Ontario College of Art , Communication Arts Dept. 1979 Awarded [...]

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