PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Nancy Bush is a native Texan, born in Austin and currently resides in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Her pursuit of art has taken her to many beautiful places in the world to study and paint a wide variety of subject matter. "Landscape is my love and is always a challenge, spiritually and emotionally. The variety and vastness of it can sometimes be overwhelming. Simplification is the answer. "Less Is More". The last light of the day or daybreak interests me more than other times of the day. I also love gray cloudy days.
Trying to capture the spirit and emotion of what is happening before my eyes is the greatest challenge. "I want the viewer to feel the physicality and emotional essence of the subject matter of the painting."
Her greatest influence in her art has come from the nineteenth and twentieth century painters George Inness, Isaak Levitan, Bruce Crane, and Russell Chatham.
"Nothing can imitate nature, but I hope my paintings will convey a single quiet moment of the landscape in its raw beauty."
Exhibitions and Awards
May, 2006-Texas Art Gallery-Fixed Price Draw & Sale-Dallas, Tx
May, 2006-Texas Review, Whistle Pik Gallery-Fredericksburg, Tx
August, 2006-Guest Artist, Northwest Rendezvous Of Art Show-Helena, Mt
August, 2006-Invited Artist-Jackson Hole Center For The Arts Show & Sale
September, 2006-Eiteljorg Museum "Quest For The West" Show & Sale-Indianapolis, In.
January, 2007-Invitational-Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale-Denver, Co
March, 2007-Invitational-National Western Art Foundation-"Night of Artists"-San Antonio, Tx
March, 2007-Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Show & Sale-Canyon, Tx
March, 2007-Invitational-Desert Caballeros Western Museum Show "Cowgirl Up" -Wickenburg, Az
May, 2007-Invitational-Texas Art Gallery Fixed Price Sale & Auction-Dallas, Tx
July, 2007-Invitational-Rocky Mountain Plein Air Show and Sale-Winter Park, Co
Aug 24-25, 2007-Invitational-Gateway To The West Fine Art Auction & Show-Bozeman, Mt
Nov, 2007-Invitational-Texas Art Gallery Fixed Price Sale & Auction-Dallas, Tx
Nov 15, 2007-American Women Artists' Show-LeKae Gallery, Scottsdale, Az
Dec 1, 2007-American Art Invitational-Saks Gallery, Denver, Co
Dec 8, 2007-Four Person Show-Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Tx.
Jan, 2008-Invitational-Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale-Denver, Co
Jan, 2008-Invitational-South Texas Celebrity Weekend-King Ranch, Tx
March, 2008-Two person show- Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, S.C.
Mar 7-8, 2008-Invitational-National Western Art Foundation-"Night of Artists'-San Antonio, Tx
May, 2008-Streams of Life show-Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Tx
May 24, 2008-Invitational-Great American Landscapes Show-Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca
October, Exhibition and Sale-Albuquerque, N.M. October 4-December 7, 2008
2008-Albuquerque Museum Foundation Invitational-Miniatures and More
October 47-19, 2008-Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational-Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Ca.
November, 2008-Whistle Pik Gallery Christmas Miniature Show-Fredericksburg, Tx
Nedra Matteucci Fine Art-Miniatture Show-Nov, 2008-Santa Fe, N.M.
March 6-8, 2009-Invitational-The Briscoe Western Art Museum, Night of Artists Show & Sale, San Antonio, Texas
Panhandle Plains Museum-Invitational Sale and Show-February 28-March 29, 2009-Canyon, Texas
May, 2004-Art Galleries and Artists of The South, Summer 2004
Nov/Dec, 2004-Wildlife Art Magazine-"Artists Of Note"
November, 2004-Southwest Art Magazine-"The Edge Of Light"
January, 2005-Art Of The West Magazine
May, 2005-Art Talk Magazine
May, 2006-Landscapes of New Mexico-"Paintings Of The Land of Enchantment"; New
New Mexico Press
October, 2006-Plein Air New Mexico-The Jack Richeson Fine Art Series, Volume One- Jack Richeson, 2006
March, 2008-Article, American Art Collector Magazine
Fall/Sumer, 2008-Painting The Essence, Western Art & Architecture Magazine
October, 2008-Using Subtle Tones To Express Deep Emotions-American Artist Magazine
Astoria Fine Arts-Jackson Hole, Wy.
Jack Meier Gallery-Houston, Tx
Nedra Matteucci Fine Art-Santa Fe, N.M.
The Sylvan Gallery-Charleston, S.C.
Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Tx.
Alla Prima International
American Women Artists-Master Signature Member
born 1947 austin, texas
LaGuna Gloria Art Museum-Austin, Texas
Mission Renaissance School-Austin, Texas
Various workshop studies with numerous painters including Ray Vinella, Michael Workman, Quang Ho, T.Allen Lawson, Scott Christensen and Carolyn Anderson.
2007, 26th Annual Western Rendezvous of Art, Montana Historical Society, Exhibition Catalog
2006, Suzanne Campbell/Suzanne Deats Landscapes of New Mexico - Paintings Of The Land Of Enchantment, Fresco Fine Art Publications, 287 pages (color)
2006, Jack Richeson Plein Air New Mexcio, Jack Richeson Fine Art Series (color)
2006, 25th Annual Western Rendezvous of Art, Montan Historical Society (color), Exhibition Catalog
2004, From Sea To Shining Sea - Painting The American Landscape, The Haggin Museum, 104 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):|
2006, Desert Caballeros Western Museum Show-"Cowgirl Up"
2006, Eiteljorg Museum "Quest For The West" Show & Sale
2007, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Show & Sale
2007, Desert Caballeros Wesern Museum Show-"Cowgirl Up"
2008, Albuquerque Museum Foundation Invitational-Albuquerque, N.M.
2008, Laguna Beach Art Museum, 10th Annual Plein Air Paintout-Laguna Beach, Ca
2009, Panhandle Plains Museum-Invitational Show & Sale
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):|
2006, Texas ARt Gallery,Fixed Price Draw and Sale
2006, Texas Review, Whistle Pik Gallery
2006, Guest Artist, Northwest Rendezvous of Art Show-Helena, Mt
2006, Inited Artist, Jackson Hole Center for The Arts Show & Sale-Jackson Hole, Wy
2007, Invitational, Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale-Denver, Co
2007, Invitational, National Western Art Foundation, "Night of Artists" Show & Sale
2007, Invitational, Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, Denver, Co
2007, Invitational, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Show & Sale, Winter Park, Co
2007, Invitational, Gateway To The West Fine Art Auction, Bozeman, Mt
2007, American Women Artists' Show-Scottsdale, Az
2007, American Art Invitational-Denver, Co
2008, Coors, Western Art Exhibit-Denver, Co
2008, Two Person Show-Sylvan Gallery-Charleston, S.C.
2008, National Western Art Foundation-"Night Of Artists" Sale
2008, Streams of Life Show-Whistle Pik Gallery
2008, Great American Landscapes Show, Waterhouse Gallery-Santa Barbara, Ca
2008, Christmas Miniature Show, Whistle Pik Gallery-Fredericksburg, Tx
Master Signature Member-American Impressionist Society
Magazine and Media References|
2004, Art Galleries and Artists of The South
2004, Wildlife Art Magazine-"Artists Of Note"
2004, Southwest Art Magazine-"The Edge Of Light"
2005, Art Of The West Magazine
2005, Art Talk Magazine
2008, American Art Collector Magazine-Article
2008, Western Art & Architecture Magazine-"Painting The Essence"
2008, American Artist Mazaine-"Using Subtle Tones To Express Deep Emotions"
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.
After my business career, 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.
Since then, I have taken 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.
Several 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 Inness, Levitan, Twachtman, Schmid and Chatham. I discovered Michael Workman and Scott Christensen several years ago and studied with them consistently.
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. 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.
My husband and I travel extensively and when we travel, most of my painting is done "en plein air". I take a lot of photographs and use the photos along with my field studies as reference guides to paint my large paintings in the studio.
My subject matter comes from all over the Unites States and Europe. 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.