David A. Lussier is a plein air painter whose landscapes of sparkling autumn hillsides, muted spring days of melting snow or fishing boats under a hazy summer sky convey his passion for New England and for fine art. He has dedicated himself not only to his profession, but also to being a steward for the landscape that is his inspiration and to sharing his love for his craft with others. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his work as a fine artist.
David was trained as a commercial illustrator, but discovered his passion when he tried painting outdoors. It was then that he came to the full realization that God intended for him to be a landscape painter. Only by painting en plein air can he react to the ever-changing, energy-charged world of nature with a spirit and spontaneity unobtainable in the studio. Lussier is a true believer that less is more in painting and the brushstroke is an artwork’s essence.
David Lussier’s plein air landscapes reflect an interest in strong Impressionistic brushwork and the value relationships of color. The rhythm established in Lussier’s paintings by bold thick strokes of paint brings the surfaces to life. He studied privately with George R Carpenter. 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 memberships 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 past president of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. Recently he became a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Lussier is also recognized on the west coast as a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Also on a national level, Lussier travels throughout the US and participates in both juried and invitational plein air events.
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 publications including a feature article ‘How to Express Content With Fewer Brushstrokes’ by Stephen Dohertyin the July/August 2010 American Artist Magazine, an article in March 2007 American Art Collector, March 2006 ‘Artist Profile’ article ‘Homage to J. Alden Weir’ by Gail Braccidiferro in Fine Art Connoisseur, 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 and ‘A Conversation with David Lussier’ by Charles Movalli, featured in the December 1995 issue of American Artist Magazine.