A Native Texan's Unique Talent
Oil On Canvass (4.5 ft. x 3 ft.): "Bee Bluff & Box Canyon" - Texas Hill Country. Commissioned by and in Private Collection of Dr. Maria Bassel of Temple,
Texas. Rush back-packed an easel & art supplies into this remote historical site (blocked to Public Access) and spent one full day producing
sketches and full-color washes of the rich fall colors. Note the pale rising moon even though in Mid Day.
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Autumn leaves float on the crystal
clear surface of the water in the foreground and bark peels away from
the trunk of the cottonwood trees. In the background is the sheer
limestone face of Box Canyon - and barely visible among the trees to
the right is the top of Bee Bluff (so named because early Pioneer
settlers camped at the base as the men were suspended from long
ropes - using smoking torches to rob Wild Honey from the bluff face.
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In the foreground a Great Egret over 3 ft. tall wades in the
cold clear waters of Peters Creek.
LOOK CAREFULLY: In the shaded background (slightly
above the center of this image) two Whitetail Deer browse in
the tranquil setting.
Oil On Canvass (4.5 ft. x 3 ft.): "Primrose & Bluebonnet" - Texas Hill Country. Commissioned by and in Private Collection of Dr. Maria Bassel of Temple,
Texas. The new spring day breaks clean and clear - a time for Nature's renewal in the damp morning pastures.
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Of Interest To Beginning Artists - ANOTHER BLAST FROM THE PAST:
Oil On Canvass (16x20), painted by Rush at Age 18 of his Grandparents George & Virginia Hasty of Burnet County,
Texas. Clearly pretty basic work when compared with the subsequent development in style of this self-taught artist.