Dale Ter­bush

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When Dale Ter­bush wit­nesses a cap­ti­vat­ing land­scape, some­thing in his sub­con­scious, un­in­hib­ited mind takes over—and what re­sults is a work filled to the brim with emo­tion and imag­i­na­tion, in­spired by that real-life scene but far from a rigid de­pic­tion of it. He doesn’t plan or sketch out his paint­ings be­fore­hand, but sim­ply moves straight to the can­vas with his acrylics, ap­ply­ing layer af­ter layer.

“I just keep build­ing and build­ing and build­ing. It’s like com­pos­ing mu­sic, the melody just keeps com­ing out. I stand back, I hear more mu­sic, and I go back and ap­ply it,” says Ter­bush. His land­scape scenes— in­spired by lo­cales with strik­ing skies like Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia and New Mex­ico—feel elec­tri­fy­ing, some­times lit­er­ally, with scenes of boom­ing thun­der­storms. Although Ari­zona has some of the most stun­ning sun­sets, Ter­bush’s paint­ings seem to push them a

notch higher, cre­at­ing new worlds that can only be achieved through art.

“Ev­ery­body knows some­body who’s taken a pic­ture of the Grand Canyon, and when they show a pic­ture of it, they inevitably go, ‘You should have been there.’ The pic­ture is not ex­press­ing the emo­tion you felt when you were there. I am an emo­tional painter, I speak through my paint­ings, and I am for­tu­nate that I have enough peo­ple out there who un­der­stand what I’m try­ing to say,” says Ter­bush. “It’s like the great painter Al­bert Bier­stadt; he com­posed ideas, land­scapes that he had seen, but he moved them to­gether or pulled them apart, and with light­ing, he wanted to make you feel some­thing. And I’ve al­ways be­lieved that art should make you feel some­thing.”

Il­lus­tri­ous Lights, an up­com­ing show at Manitou Gal­leries brings to light new works by Ter­bush, many of which were in­spired by Mon­u­ment Val­ley on the Ari­zona-utah border. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at the gallery’s Palace Av­enue lo­ca­tion in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, from Oc­to­ber 4 to 27 with an open­ing re­cep­tion the first day from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Ter­bush ex­plains that many of the pieces in the show were in­spired by pho­tos he’d seen of Mon­u­ment Val­ley taken by Manitou Gal­leries di­rec­tor Cyndi Hall. “And I thought, ‘Wow, I should go to Mon­u­ment Val­ley and just ab­sorb it. Just pull it in.’” He ended up stay­ing for two days, and while he took some ref­er­ence pho­tos as a rough ba­sis for his work, he imag­ines ev­ery­thing else: the light­ing, the trees, the sky, and nu­ances in the fore­ground and back­ground ter­rain.

“I can­not stay in the lines, that’s not who I am. My brain starts see­ing things dif­fer­ently on the can­vas,” says the artist. “It’s like lis­ten­ing to a great piece of mu­sic, and it slows beau­ti­fully from one area to the next...there is com­po­si­tion to all things. All of the arts, the creative process, there is a balance unto each one.”

Stand­ing Guard, acrylic, 20 x 24"

And Bring Me Back Some Magic, acrylic, 12 x 16"

Takes Your Breath Away, acrylic, 8 x 10"

This Val­ley of Mine, acrylic, 16 x 12"

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