Justine “JT” Godown discovered impasto-style impressionistic oil painting after retiring from 20 years of practicing commercial interior design.
In 2009, while attending a painting class at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, the instructor suggested she apply the paint only using the palette knife usually delegated to mixing paint, and a life’s passion was born.
Freed from the constraint of the brush, JT discovered a direct link between her emotional connection to the subject and the purity of the paint color. The resulting artwork possesses an intense movement that transports the viewer to the pastoral scenes she paints.
In 2014, JT’s work space expanded from her initial home studio in Fairfax, VA, to a second studio in Great Cacapon, WV. The WV studio is adjacent to the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers which provide an endless supply of nature’s scenic inspiration.