David Lussier`s plein air landscapes
reflect an interest in strong
Impressionistic brushwork and the value relationships of color, as influenced
by Robert Henri and George Bellows.
The rhythm established in Lussier`s
paintings by bold thick strokes of
paint brings the surfaces to life.
Trained as a commercial illustrator
he realized early in his career that
his real passion was found in painting
the rural New England landscape found
outside his front door. Lussier studied
at Paier College of Fine Art in Hamden Connecticut and at the Lyme Academy of
Fine Arts in Old Lyme Connecticut.
He has also independently researched
color theory by studying the palette
systems that Robert Henri and the
Ashcan School explored at the turn
of the last century. Lussier is an
artist almost entirely devoted to
plein air painting. Studio paintings
are always done from a combination
of pencil sketches, oil sketches and
notations completed on location.
Lussier`s professional affiliations
include the Rockport Art Association
the Northshore Arts Association and
the Hudson Valley Art Association.
He is also a signature member of the
National Academy of Professional Plein
Air Painters and is an elected artist
member and the current president of
the Connecticut Plein Air Painters
Society. For the past two consecutive
years, Lussier has participated in the
Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air
Invitational the most prestigious
plein air invitational in the nation.
In 2005, Lussier established the
Connecticut River Plein Air Invitational,
an event hosted by the Connecticut
River Museum in Essex Connecticut which
in its first year included elected artist
members of the Connecticut Plein Air
Painters Society and guest artists
from Connecticut and other locations
in the United States. David's award
winning paintings hang in numerous
private and corporate collections and
are increasingly being sought after
by collectors from New York to California
and abroad. Lussier continues to conduct
painting workshops which he has been
doing passionately for more than ten
years. He believes it is important for
an artist to reach out to those willing
to learn just as his teachers and mentors
did for him. His paintings and workshops
have been featured in numerous
'A Conversation with David Lussier'
by Charles Movalli, featured in the
December 1995 issue of American Artist
Magazine and most recently, a feature
article about his Monhegan Island
workshop entitled 'Fundamentals First'
by Lynne Moss Perricelli in the 2005
winter edition of American Artist
Workshop Magazine. This publication will
be available on the news stand from
December 05 thru February 06.
A Summer Morning by David Lussier
" x 16 " in.
Oil on Panel