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When Nancy Bush begins a new painting, her intention is twofold: to portray the beauty of the natural landscape and, more importantly, to express her own emotional response to that beauty in such a way that it will evoke a similar feeling in the viewer. “When I’m painting, it’s about taking what I have seen and felt and putting it on canvas,” she says. In these endeavors, the artist undeniably achieves success—viewers often refer to her tonalist works as moody, expressive, calming, and serene. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to gaze at Bush’s quiet, atmospheric landscapes and not feel moved in some way. This month, collectors have the opportunity to experience an emotional response to Bush’s latest work as she unveils several new paintings in a solo show at InSight Gallery.
Light & Atmosphere: The Journey Continues opens with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and runs through November 23. The works in the show—as well as the show’s title—represent what the artist describes as “the continuation of a journey” she started many years ago. “Being a painter is about growth, and the education is never over,” Bush says, adding, “It’s an exciting adventure and journey.”
Bush presents 12 to 15 new works in the show, all inspired by the landscapes of the Texas Hill Country and northern New Mexico, the two regions where the artist spends most of her time. One of Bush’s favorite new pieces, STORM FROM THE WEST, depicts a storm scene she recently encountered in the Texas Panhandle while driving toward New Mexico. “It was remarkable to see the storm build, to watch the clouds dip down and just pour rain over the land,” Bush says. “There’s been a real drought in Texas, so it was especially fun doing this piece because I kept thinking, ‘Oh yes, rain—I almost forgot what that looks like!’”
Ultimately, Bush hopes the paintings in this show encourage people to slow down, be grateful, and pay attention to our planet. “Take a moment to see the beauty in nature, because these moments pass by so quickly,” she says. —Lindsay Mitchell
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