“Fire and Water” Exhibition by Naples Art Association at Physicians Regional Healthcare System: Artist Rod Busch

Rod Busch, Meadowlark in Rushes, watercolor on paper

Rod Busch, Meadowlark in Rushes, watercolor on paper

The relationship between art and healing is a well established and often-discussed phenomenon. The Naples Art Association is in partnership with Physicians Regional Healthcare System (PRHS) to benefit patients, visitors and healthcare staff. Three exhibitions are installed annually at the PRHS Naples Campus at 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Fire and Water: Nature in Watercolor and Hand-blown Glass is installed on the second floor of the atrium lobby. Additional artwork is located on the ground floor in the coffee shop, the Clinic and in the lobby near admissions.

This exhibition is on view through Nov. 12, 2012, featuring original watercolor paintings by Southwest Florida artists Rod BuschBarbara Groenteman and Marjorie Renfroe, and art glass by Beverly Albrets.

Rod Busch shared his artistic inspirations and says that every painting session begins with questions. “For example, what do I want to say through the creative process that differs from what I say in an ordinary social context? Should I share my perspective as something temporary or permanent? Should I try to convey a concept?” Busch said. He works his answers into the layers of his work, deepening their meaning.
Busch uses watercolor because he says it lets his paintings “appreciate the moment” and it allows reflects light differently than other mediums. “Unlike media such as pastel, oil and acrylic which bounce light off the surface of the pigment, transparent watercolor allows light to bounce off the white of the paper behind the layer of paint. It literally enlightens the paint so that, like glass in a stained glass window, the watercolor has its own special glow. This characteristic coupled with the organic immediacy of the medium endears it to me. No matter how precisely or loosely one paints – with floods of water or mere dampness – the watercolor has a mind of its own. “Do it now, it calls out, “or forget about it!” he exclaims.

Busch loves the way the paint dries in patterns of granulation, settling into the ridges of the watercolor paper while other paint mixtures settle out with heavier pigments sinking and lighter pigments floating over them. Still other pigments push paint to the edge of the water as they dry, leaving a dark line called a “bloom.”

“I love watercolor because it does all the beautiful things itself. I just limit where it does them on the paper by corralling, controlling and limiting where the watercolor paint can go,” Busch added.

Rod Busch, Marbled Godwit, watercolor on paper

Rod Busch, Marbled Godwit, watercolor on paper

About his work, Busch says he is trying to capture a moment in time and elicit calm joy in the viewer. He describes some examples. “My granddaughter Tess sucking on a cinnamon stick at four in the afternoon, after being pushed all over the historic village in Stockbridge, Massachusetts or a portrait of a green backed heron fishing on a log in front of pickerel weed on a sunny afternoon waiting for the minnows to circle in the whirlpool below him so he can strike his afternoon meal. They are portraits of sunshine passing over a stretch of sorrel on a moss covered log, or a group of 300 pip-stone butterflies getting drunk on minerals on a sandy spot by the Little Pigeon River. And because my paintings capture only one passing moment – they communicate an urgency – a call to look at the world around you this very moment, this very day. Savor it, enjoy it, and fondly remember it.”

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Learn more about other featured artists in this exhibition on our website and here on our blog in future articles.

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