Landscapes-indoor-limited to 14 students
November 18 - 22, 2013
black cows ,full bodied grazing sheep ,and misty, atmospheric days
populate many of the pastures of Nancy Bush’s sensitive and emotional
landscapes. The scenes depict various atmospheric scenes from around the
country and could exist anywhere that is special in your own memories.
Expressively dreamlike, they capture the chill when the sun goes behind a
cloud, the smell of a drizzling rain and the rustle of leaves shivering
in the treetops.
“The variety and vastness of the landscape can
sometimes be overwhelming, but I find myself thinking “less is more.”” Early
in her career, Bush emphasized the “more” using bright, colorful strokes alla
prima. Several years ago, she shifted to a subdued tonalist palette and a
more methodical technique was perfected. She treasures the “fleeting moments
that you get in the early mornings and late evenings. They convey more of a
mood, a feeling, because of the light”. She achieves a tranquil universality in
her paintings by melding her painted field studies and reference photographs
back in the studio. “I want viewers to feel the physicality and emotional
essence of the subject, and to find a little peace, serenity, and quiet moments
This class will concentrate on light, water and
atmosphere and its play on a painting. The class will also cover how to achieve
luminosity in the painting through layering and through the application of
glazes throughout the painting process.
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ONLY
PORTABLE EASEL NECESSARY
With a poetic economy of color and detail, Bush, a tonalist, paints low
light and close values. When nature lingers in breathless moments, she
is there to capture dusk flirting with the last blush of sunset; moon
shadows veiling dimension; or mist hushing the earth. Studies, notes
and photos from painting plein air around the country remind her
of the tones, colors, scents and feelings so she can take the entire
experience back to her studio and depict the lyrical, the profound peace
and beauty in a lonely, exquisite sense.
After successful business careet,
Nancy Bush threw herself into studying art at a rapid pace.
She attended Mission Renaissance art
school in Austin, Texas-a school dedicated to the study of the
“Masters”, while also taking many classes from Laguna Gloria Art Museum
School of Art.
She 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.” Several years later, she felt the need to
change her direction after some east coast and European travel. Nancy
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, Henry Twachtman, and
Russell Chatham. In the early 90’s she became familiar with the
work of Michael Workman and Scott Christensen and began to study with
them consistently for several years.
work is collected around the
country and has been displayed in numerous museum shows around the
United States. She has been published in numerous magazines
including Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Western Art &
Architecture, Art of the West, American Art Collector, among others.
work is represented by
several galleries around the country including Astoria Fine Art-Jackson,
WY; Insight Gallery-Fredericksburg, TX;
Fine Art-Santa Fe, NM; Dawson Cole-Laguna Beach, CA
See more examples of her work on her own
web site at