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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: tonalist landscape and still-life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nancy Bush's early childhood art education started with her great uncle Ralph Rowntree, an international portrait artist. Bush's formal education was in liberal arts, psychology and business management. She spent several years in the business world before pursuing her long time interest in art. After her business career, she threw herself into studying art at a rapid pace. She finished a yearlong course in classical studies in four months by attending class five days a week. The school was Mission Renaissance located in Austin, Texas, a school dedicated to the study of the "Masters". She also has taken many classes from Laguna Gloria Art Museum School of Art. Since then, she has taken many workshops throughout the United States. Her early workshop studies were dedicated to colorful landscapes and still life, so most of her instructors were known as colorists. These would include, Ray Vinella, Scott Burdick, Don Ward, and Ann Templeton.

She felt the need to change her direction after some east coast and European travel. She 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. She discovered Michael Workman and Scott Christensen three years ago and studied with them consistently. Her painting style has changed over the years from a bright color alla prima style to now a more tonalist classical approach. Her subject matter comes from all over the Unites States and Europe.

The artist feels that her 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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Meyer Galleries

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Texan artist, Nancy Bush began her 'classical education' by attending studio courses at the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria and the Mission Renaissance art program in Austin.

Nine years ago, Nancy and her husband, Bill, relocated to Fredericksburg, Texas, where today there is a thriving community of artists. The Bushes founded the Fredericksburg Artists School on their property, which today is a meeting point of visiting faculty and students interested in plein-air painting.

During the summer of 2004, she was one of 47 painters selected by the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, to be part of a traveling exhibition that will reach 12 venues over three years. Titled 'From Sea to Shining Sea: A Reflection of America,' the exhibition celebrates realistic and impressionistic interpretations of the land by some of the best-known painters in the country.

Credit:

Wilkinson, Todd "The Edge of Light" Southwest Art, November 2004



Biography from InSight Gallery:
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:
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
Albuquerque Museum Foundation Invitational-Miniatures and More-
October 17-19, 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
February, 2009,Panhandle Plains Museum-Invitational Sale and Show--Canyon, Texas
May, 2009 Invitational Texas Art Gallery-Dallas, Tx
October, 2009-Two Person Show-InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas

Publications:
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 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/Summer, 2008-Painting The Essence, Western Art & Architecture Magazine
October, 2008-Using Subtle Tones To Express Deep Emotions-American Artist Magazine
March-April, 2009-Artist To Watch-Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Memberships:
American Women Artists-Signature Member

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
Nancy Bush is a native Texan, born in Austin and currently residing in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Her love of art came at a very young age as she admired the many paintings in her grandmother’s home. Most were painted by her great uncle, a venerable international artist. Occasionally he would allow her to watch him paint a commissioned portrait if the subject approved of her presence.

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-it is ever changing and yet soothingly the same. Every landscape is a new challenge, spiritually and emotionally. There is so much to capture, but I find myself thinking “less is more”. The simple elegance of trees shadowed in mist or rain gently falling into a meandering stream. 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 reflection of nature at her best.”

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

April, 2000-Award winner-Plein Air Tucson 2000 Invitational, Tucson, AZ
June, 2000-American Women Artist Show-Invitation; Santa Fe, NM
July, 2000-Salmagundi Club Art Exhibition-New York, NY
September, 2000-American Women Artist Show-Sorrento, Italy
September, 2000-Finalist, The Artist’s Magazine 2000 Art Competition
February, 2001-Invitational-American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
March 31, 2001-Tucson 2001 Paint Out Invitational-Tucson, AZ-Award Winner
April 21, 2001-Four Person Show-Jones, Terwilliger Gallery- Carmel, CA
May 5, 2001-Group Show-Meier Gallery- Houston, TX
June, 2001-American Women Artists Member Show-Nedra Matteucci Gallery-Santa Fe, NM
July, 2001-Two Person Show-Meyer Gallery-Jackson, WY
August, 2001-Group Show-Park City, UT
January, 2002-Invitational-National Center for American Western Art (formerly the
Cowboy Artists Museum of America), San Antonio, TX
Nancy Bush
February, 2002-Invitational-American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
February, 2002-One Person Show-Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX
June, 2002-American Women Artists Show-Santa Fe, NM.
October 12, 2002-Two Person Show-Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
October 19, 2002-Two Person Show-Total Arts Gallery-Taos, NM
November 16, 2002-12th Annual Invitational Miniature Show-Howard/Mandville Gallery Kirkland, WA
December, 2002- Three Person Show-Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX
January, 2003-Best Of Show-Invitational-National Center for American Western Art,
San Antonio, TX
February 8, 2003-Invitational-American Miniatures Show, Tucson, AZ

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 5, 2003-Featured Artist-Edmund Craig Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX
August 15-17, 2003-Guest Artist, Western Rendezvous Of Art Show, Helena, MT
October, 2003-One Person Show-Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX
January, 2004-Featured Artist-National Center for American Western Art Show & Sale, San Antonio, TX

MEMBERSHIPS
American Women Artists
California Art Club
Oil Painters of America

Biography from Meyer Gallery Scottsdale:
Early childhood art education started with my great uncle Ralph Rowntree, an international portrait artist. 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.

After my business career, I threw myself into studying art at a rapid pace. I finished a yearlong course in classical studies in four months by attending class five days a week. The school was Mission Renaissance located in Austin, Texas-a school dedicated to the study of the “Masters”. 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 most of my instructors were known as colorists. These would include, Ray Vinella(still a dear friend and mentor), Scott Burdick, Don Ward, and Ann Templeton.

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 three years ago and studied with them consistently. We have become friends and as a result we now paint together as schedules permit.

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.

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