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 she is a full time artist and works on several canvases at once develping the imagery through a process of surface changes.
Nella’s art is a constant exploration of the relationship between man and its environment and becomes a spiritual and intimate journey. With intuition and experience and never following a formula she brings together the alchemy of materials, classical forms and the appearance of centuries of aging in all of her paintings regardless of the subject matter. She predominately paints with oils, cold wax and marble dust to create more texture and depth.
Nella is a juried Artist Member of many organizations: Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA); President of Mass. Chapter – National Associations of Women Artists in NYC; Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA and North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA (Board of Trustee).
She is represented by: Alpers Gallery, Andover, MA; Canterbury Hill Galelry, Rockport, MA; Cortile Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Essex Art Gallery, Essex, CT; and the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
Her most recent awards include: Howard Curtis, Excellence in Marine Painting, North Shore Art Association 2012 & 2013, 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 & 2013; 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; Paul Strisik Memorial Gold Medal & Award for Excellence in painting, Rockport Association -2013.