“I am leaving a body of work, simple as it is.
It represents, very much, who I am, and hopefully, even after death,
people who connect with my work, will connect with me — my spirit.”
---Fr. Paul Plante
PORTLAND---The long-admired artwork of Fr. Paul Plante is now available for purchase on a new website (www.paulplante.com) that serves as both a canvas of his immense talent and a tribute to his indelible legacy.
The work of Fr. Plante, who died in June of 2016, has been featured in art galleries around the country. His most famous work focuses on the eyes of songbirds, hawks, ducks, and other birds in 4 ½” x 4 ½” oil pastel paintings. The paintings reflect his fascination with birds, their spirit and their furtive nature. His portfolio also includes fish, plums, apples, and more. The work is searchable by collection and category on the new website.
Visitors to the site will also have the chance to explore a few of the many other contributions made by Fr. Plante during his life. One section features his homilies, while another is dedicated to his professional experiences and even includes the words of the artist himself.
“I look at my artwork with the same awe that makes me wonder who I am as a person,” reads part of Fr. Plante’s writings. “In many ways, I’m discovering myself in my art. I also sometimes feel as though the depths of my being are exposed through my art. When the result in another person is joy or awe and wonder, it makes it all worthwhile.”
A Sanford native, Fr. Plante attended St. Ignatius Elementary and Junior High School taught by the Ursuline Nuns and the Brothers of Christian Instruction. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 8, 1971, by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety at St. Ignatius Church in Sanford. As a priest, he served as Chaplain of the Portland hospitals (1971), and exclusively in Maine parishes: parochial vicar at St. Louis Church, Auburn (1971-1975), St. Joseph Church in Biddeford (1975-1976), Holy Cross, Lewiston (1976-1985), parochial vicar as well as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1985-1993), pastor of St. John Church, Winslow (1993-2004), and pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Oquossoc (2004-2016). In 2009, he was assigned as Vicar for Priests by Bishop Richard J. Malone, a ministry he continued under Bishop Robert P. Deeley, while remaining pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes, Oquossoc.
The website is operated by Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, pastor of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth, who was a dear friend of Fr. Plante. Claire Levesque, a parishioner, cares for the inventory and will handle the purchase and delivery process for the artwork.
At the request of Fr. Plante, all proceeds will be given to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to be used for diocesan needs.