My intention is to awaken an emotion. In the spirit of the Tonalist masters of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, I produce paintings depicting intimate and thought-provoking landscapes often in changing light (twilight) or season (Autumn). My work is tonally harmonious and corralled within an acute value range and seeks to resolve a uniquely American quandary; to elicit the emotional spirit through the depiction of the rational or secular.
I work to this effect through atmospheric, moody, and sublime landscapes that are typically derived from my imagination. In contrast to my Tonalist forebears, my pictures represent a modern “expressive” school of Tonalism. My pictures are frequently finished in one sitting, but occasionally a revisit is required to fully resolve the picture. My primary artistic influences include George Inness, J.M.W. Turner, and Dennis Sheehan.
While working toward a picture’s resolution, I conjure trees, hills, grasses, and waters that dissolve into amorphous and semi-abstract forms constituted by intense light. It is this light that acts as a causeway between the temporal and the emotional spirit. As Thoreau went to the woods, I go to the easel and work toward a compromise between the temporal and the eternal.
-Justin T. Worrell