JoAnne Lussier's work reflects her sincere love for the mountains, rivers and valleys so typical of New England and the glorious sunsets that set her spirit soaring. Her oils are painted in the Tonalist style typical of the 19th century artists and Barbizon School of work. Her pastels and graphite works are more representational with mood being prevalent in all mediums..
Artist’s Statement: For me, the painting is all about mood and my emotional connection to nature. My desire is to awaken an emotion from the viewer, bringing them to a place and time of significance and fond memories. Infusing the everyday with mood, emotion and soul are why I paint. 19th Century Tonalism and the mood of early evening are a constant source of inspiration for me as I am a hopeless romantic and find the transformation of the landscape in late afternoon light truly spiritual. "The highest beauty and truest value of the landscape painting are in the sentiment and feeling, which flow from the mind and heart of the artist. A work of art does not appeal to the intellect, it's aim is not to instruct but awaken an emotion."