Stephanie Bush is a Montreal native with an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally. She earned her MFA from the University of Waterloo, ON, with a minor in Women’s Studies. Currently, Bush resides in Vermont and divides her time between her professional art practice, teaching art and raising her young family. Bush is represented by West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe, VT, Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Park in Concord, NH and Dedee Shattuck in Westport, MA.
The winter series was inspired by the mysterious lure of the complex, naturally occurring structures I observed during walks in the woods. Winters in Vermont are long, and most folks tend to hibernate through the season. I’ve always found walks in the woods, bundled up tight against the cold, a balm for the inevitable cabin fever and seasonal depression, and a chance for my soul to find calm and center.
With each painting I’ve tried to capture the nearness and overwhelming presence of nature at its most beautiful and unforgiving.
The viewer is lured through serene, cold winter landscapes into mysterious dark nooks. While other paintings carry the viewer through complex winter puzzles or along rolling “waves” of snow. The dense weight of the snow and its muffling tendencies, in the sheltered secret places and play of mazes, can either block or invite the viewer. A human or animal presence is purposefully absent from the series as I want the viewer to find their surrogate in nature and thereby connect more deeply with the environment.