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Laurence Sisson has been painting landscapes for fifty years. He is known for his paintings of the Maine coast and landscapes of the southwest. His style ranges from plein air watercolors to large oil landscapes with abstract and surrealist elements. Laurence Sisson has spent the last forty years living in both areas of the United States yet he notes the most influential place for his artistic development was the time he spent in Japan as a young man. Laurence Sisson had been a talented painter as a child and attended art classes at the Worcester Art museum in Massachusetts. Sisson painted professionally while in his early twenties though he had not decided to devote his life to art. While serving in the military during the United States occupation of Japan after War World II he was assigned to decorate the general's residence in Yokohama. This assignment forced him to learn all he could about the land and culture of Japan and by the time he left he was changed as an artist and man. Sisson describes this period of his painting as when he began "designing nature." His work appears to be a response to traditional Asian landscape painting, his Yankee sensibility and western art training at Yale summer school. His landscapes of both Maine and the southwest are inspired by real locations, but are in fact imaginary landscapes. Sisson was the youngest member of the Watercolor Society of America, but eventually resigned from the organization and has not participated in any others during his career. Source: Southwest Art, October 2004

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