Laurence Sisson's artistic journey began during childhood in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended the prestigious Worcester Art Museum School and upon graduation spent a summer at Booth bay Harbor, Maine, where he first fell in love with the ebb and flow of tides against the rocky shore. He's been an artist-in-residence at the Cincinnati Museum and Director of the Portland Museum School. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Park Foundation, and Clark, Colby, Dartmouth, Salem State, and Bowdoin Colleges have included his landscapes in their permanent collections.
Maine's rocky and wild coast continued to be a favorite scenario for this prolific painter after he moved to New Mexico. Sisson visited New England annually to soak in the moist salty air and play in the ever fascinating tide pools that hug the shoreline. He loved studying the unusual textures of coastal pebbles and liked to think people are beach-combing through his paintings and discovering the many shore inhabitants he had uncovered.
While living in New Mexico, Sisson began to immerse himself in the sparse beauty of southwestern landscapes. He was intrigued by the rhythmic shapes of New Mexico and Arizona mesas, hills, valleys, and desert plains and by
the movement of cloud shadows crossing the mountains and glistening canyon walls. He began to observe a similarity between the natural forms indigenous to his New England childhood home and the mesas and vast open spaces surrounding him today.
"Hills and deserts in New Mexico flow and seem wave-like to me," he once commented. "Sometimes New Mexico colors creep into my Maine paintings. When I put a New Mexico painting next to one of Maine, I see they are characteristically similar."
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