"A painterly realist in New England"
Pamela Simpson Lussier is a contemporary painter who weaves together impressionist brush strokes and realism. A 1978 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Pam has been painting landscapes and teaching plein air oil painting workshops for more than twenty years. Her early influences were Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, and she has always been captivated by the work of Ingres and his ability to turn form with a line. With a backgound in sculpture, Pam's oil paintings are rich in tactile language with her ability to create a tangible feeling of space and form with both line and color. She strives to keep an overall abstract quality to the foundation of her paintings while satisfying the viewer's need to identify with the impression.
Pam says about her creative approach to painting: "Growing up I spent much of my time exploring the woods and streams near my home. I spent my summers on Cape Cod. All of these places have influenced my choice of subject matter. I learned early in my studies about the French Impressionists and was attracted to the vibrancy of color in their paintings; however, when I began to look at work by American Impressionists and saw how they took the ideas of Impressionism a step further with light, color and subject matter, my own vision for the American landscape began to emerge."
Her work has been featured in Connecticut Magazine and American Artist Magazine. She is a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and an elected artist member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. She has exhibited her work extensively, and her paintings hang in many private collections. She lives in Woodstock with her husband David Lussier and their 6 children.