Nella Lush was born, raised and educated in Italy in a family with a long heritage of visual artists, musicians and poets. Her family history and her life near the Adriatic Sea is what shaped her artistic career. She studied foreign languages and art history and considers herself a self-taught artist. For the past 30 years Nella has made her home in the North Shore of Boston close to many natural parks and wildlife refuges.
Nella’s art is a constant exploration of the relationship between man and its environment and becomes a spiritual and intimate journey. She spends hours and hours on the North Shore coastline recording atmospherical moods of the sea, light and sky. Then this work is completed in her studio where she interprets and transfers her emotions and her studies on canvas. Working mainly with oils on linen, she uses cold wax as a medium often adding marble dust to create more texture and depth. It is the numerous layers, scrapings and layering again that will help shape the final painting.
Nella is a juried Artist Member of many organizations: The National Associations of Women Artists, NY; Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA; North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA; President of the Andovers Artists Guild; Oil Painters of America. She is represented by: Lorica Gallery, Andover, MA; Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT; The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT and Peter Alpers Art, Andover, MA.
Her most recent awards include: Howard Curtis, Excellence in Marine Painting, North Shore Art Association 2012, Gloucesterm MA: People’s Choice Award, Lakeside Gallery at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, North Andover, MA: The RAA Excellence in Any Medium - 2011; The Harold Rotenberg Award for a provocative, imaginative and experimental painting at the Rockport Art Association -2011; The Dorothy L. Irish Memorial Award for Painting, NAWA Annual National Exhibit in NYC – 2010; The Marjorie Romyns Memorial Award for unusual, professionally creative expression at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, MA -2010; RAA Winter Show Award for Excellence in any medium-2009, Molly M.Canaday Memorial Award through the National Association of Women Artists – 2009.