Nancy Bush is a student of “-isms.” Impressionism, expressionism, tonalism, realism, and on and on. Ultimately, these things add up to being inspired by life. “It really boils down to how these many different types appeal to you and what you have to say in your own personal way,” she says. “I am inspired by an endless array of artists and styles and their personal expression.”
Her upcoming show at Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, is titled Luna y Sol, and works representing a spectrum of different styles she has experimented with throughout the last 30 years of her career will be on view. “I am drawn to this theme not just symbolically but simply because of the great possibilities for the creative process to express beauty and poetry of nature,” Bush says.
The sun and moon, from which the title of the exhibition is drawn, are ever-evolving, and therefore provide an abundance of material to work from. Bush explains, “We are daily touched by these earthly phenomena and perhaps can even say influenced at times through the mystery of their cycles.” The painting After Sunset does not directly depict the sun, but the earth and sky are both still indelibly touched by it. The horizon line burns an orange-pink, fading to dark as the eye moves higher.
“I think each piece has its own visual dialogue and stands on its own creative perception and interpretation,” Bush says of the collection on view. In Early Moonrise, the moon hangs low above the earth, visible through a copse of trees. The yellow glow of its face mingles with the twilight.
Luna y Sol opens on September 27 and hangs through October 18. A reception with the artist will take place October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
After Sunset, oil on board, 20 x 20”
Valley Fog, oil on board, 36 x 40”
Storm on the Plains, oil on board, 16 x 16"
Early Moonrise, oil on board, 30 x 36”