Nancy Bush

Earthly mys­ter­ies

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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”

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