Christopher Willett (American, PA, b. 1959) impressionist late fall, sunny landscape showing bare tree branches casting shadows onto the side of a house as a blue river flows by. The painting renders the landscape in golden tones, despite the season, giving the sun primacy. In fact, the tree and the shadows unite the house into the landscape. Though a smaller, technically a miniature, painting, it evokes the golden warmth of the sun even in the late fall or winter, lighting the day. This isn't a bleak scene but instead a well-lighted, golden space. The size of the painting accentuates the window-like sensation of viewing the painting; it's a glimpse of a very specific, romanticized world. Sight: 4.75" H x 4.75" W. Qualifies as a "miniature" painting. Framed: 8.75" H x 8.75" W.
Artist Bio: Christopher Willett, born in 1959, is a Bucks County painter with a family lineage dating back to ancestors arriving in this country aboard the Mayflower and Victory, settling Plymouth. From early childhood to the present, Willett also has carried on his family's tradition in the arts. As a painter in the New Hope/Bucks County Impressionist style, he works full time both oil and watercolor. His recent work has been compared to Edward Redfield's subjects and style. Earlier works by Willett are reminiscent of the photographic representational influence of Andrew Wyeth—his revered friend and mentor. Over time, Willett developed his own unique method and artistic language: he portrays the landscape and daily lives of the people that inhabit the region from Bucks County, New Hope, Lambertville, New Jersey, French Town, and Point Pleasant.
Working from his studios in Lahaska and Plumsteadville, Willett captures the beauty and simplicity of an earlier time—horse-drawn carriages, families working together, villages and farms, Native American subjects, and friends walking together. Many are depicted in recognizable historic settings. Chris prefers to use a color pallet of rich warm earth tones; consistent with the traditional Bucks County Impressionist style.
Willett attended Hartnell University in California, and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. Willett also served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years aboard an aircraft carrier and is a decorated veteran. Willett's work is in corporate and in many private collections. Source: Based on personal interviews and submitted by Kathryn Dalton with the approval of the artist.
Small format, beautifully executed painting! Even more lovely in person.
Christopher Willett, "Lumberville, PA" Oil Painting