Gary Seaquist started drawing cartoons as a child in Oregon. His skill level earned him a scholarship to a college art class, even though he was only 12 years old.
No longer a cartoon artist, Seaquist now draws and paints landscapes, most of which have a vehicle as its main character. His watercolor paintings have been sold at SEMVA (Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists) and displayed at the Doubletree Hotel and Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester.
Your wife Bobbie also sells artwork at SEMVA. You said that you don’t critique her work, and she doesn’t critique yours. Why is that?
To have harmony, we can’t do that (he laughs). I can critique her perspective as I can anyone’s. I actually critique Renoir. I don’t think I’ve ever critiqued Rembrandt, but with some of their famous pieces, I’m thinking ‘wait a minute.’ We do a little bit. She critiqued my colors and darks and lights and so forth.
A large number of your paintings have old trucks and cars and boats in them. Do these vehicles exist or do you create them yourself?
They exist. But they may not exist exactly as in the painting. My newest picture is of a snowplow up north at a mining operation, but I didn’t like what was in the picture, so I put a barn in back of it. And the barn was the barn of a friend of ours in Stewartville.
You were a pastor at Autumn Ridge Church. How has the ministry affected your artwork?
It does, or maybe my art influenced my life as a pastor. With both, I think I see a wholesomeness in everyday things. Like one day, I was in McDonald’s on Second Street before the new hotel was built. It was great day, kind of windy. I looked out the window at the house that used to be there, and there was this clothesline and it had clothes out, multicolored clothes flapping in the wind as rain approached. It was just a neat picture.