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Nancy Bush
Moonrise at Sunset
Moonrise at Sunset

Oil Painting

My formal education was in liberal arts, psychology and business management. I spent several years in the business world before pursuing my long time interest in art. As a child, I was constantly drawing and was also interested in art history.

Once I decided I had to paint, I left the business world and I threw myself into studying art at a rapid pace. I attended Mission Renaissance art school in Austin, Texas-a school dedicated to the study of the “Masters”. While in Austin, I also took many classes from Laguna Gloria Art Museum School of Art.

I then began taking many workshops throughout the United States. My early workshop studies were dedicated to colorful landscapes and still life, so many of my instructors were known as colorists. I continue to take one or two workshops each year as I believe one should never quit learning from others.

Approximately 20 years ago, I felt the need to change my direction after some east coast and European travel. I became very interested in a more subdued tonalist palette and started studying painters from the 19th and 20th centuries such as George Inness, Isaac Levitan, John Henry Twachtman, Richard Schmid and Russell Chatham.

My painting style has changed over the years from a bright color alla prima style, to now a more tonalist classical approach for which I was initially trained. This more methodical way of painting is quite stimulating and challenging to me. My style today is an indirect painting style. I paint wet into dry to layer the paint and create the luminosity in my paintings. The process is slow and as a result I am always working on several pieces at a time, each one in various stages of completions. In addition to my plein air painting, I am in my studio five to six days each week on average about 6-8 hours a day.

When we travel, most of my painting is done “en plein air”. I take many photographs and use those images along with my field notes and studies as reference guides to paint my large paintings in the studio.

My subject matter comes from all over the country. I strive for my paintings to have a universal appeal and not just a particular region. I feel that my work is about human emotions in time and space represented by light, darkness, warmth, cool, wet, dry, etc. These elements brought together should evoke a very human response of how one feels upon viewing the painting. If they connect that way, then I feel my work is validated.

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