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Subdued Yet Textured Artworks by Nella Lush

A cold wax and oil painting of sailboats on a calm seaThe Flats, oil and cold wax

Nella Lush is an artist who works with cold wax media and fresco techniques, creating subdued yet textured artworks. Recently, Nella has focused her artistic efforts on seascapes and maritime scenes, utilizing the aforementioned media to great effect.


An oil and wax painting of a desolate seascapeEarly Morning at Cortile Gallery, P-town, oil and cold wax on linen


I really like the way Nella’s use of cold wax lends itself to her subject matter. The subtle textural overlay in these works takes on the look of a morning fog drifting peacefully over the ocean. The same media lends Nella’s works the cracked, pleasantly worn look of very old oil paintings, an aesthetic which adds depth and substance to each work despite the easily recognizable subject matter.


A screen capture of Nella Lush's marine art portfolioNella's art portfolio at

Nella’s recent seascapes are pale and grey almost to the point of being desolate. It’s an interesting contrast to the works in our previous feature, many of which were frescoes in mxed media that utilized warm, antiqued tones. Yet there is a clear stylistic connection between these two extremes of Nella’s portfolio, and the artist displays a masterful control of aesthetics and tone. 


An oil and cold wax painting of sailboats seen from a deserted beachSailing Along the Coast, oil and cold wax

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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