Dale TerBush has lived his entire life in a state of continuous creativity. Starting to paint at the early age of five he made it his life’s ambition to create things of beauty. During the 1980s and over the following 11 years, his art led him into the world of interior design. He created over 300 restaurant designs, earning him national acclaim. His desire for the creative has led him on a number of paths, but those paths always took him back to his first love: painting. Starting out as a cartoonist, then moving into still life, TerBush settled on his luminescent imaginary landscapes. Over the years his landscapes brought him international attention and collectors, having had numerous sell-out shows in all the major cities of Japan as well as having a extremely successful one-man show in Paris, France.
Never content with standing still, he continues to push himself and his imagination toward the next horizon. And, as he explains it, this is how the jellyfish paintings came to be. “When the world sometimes gets too intense, or the day-to-day pressures start to weigh down on me, I find my own ways to chill out, to get back in touch with what is important. At times, it was through meditation. However, a trip about a year ago to the Monterey Bay Aquarium changed all that, or should I say enhanced all of that. It was while sitting mesmerized in front of their amazing jellyfish exhibit I realized these amazing creatures were almost putting me in a state of Zen. Suddenly as I looked around the room I saw everyone else in almost the same mental state.”
An amazing sense of the “Community of Calm” seemed to have completely mesmerized the room. So he set about studying jellyfish in their habitat, as they moved seamlessly almost in their own quiet ballet. Having been known for years for creating his luminescent sunrises, he realized that this was a creature with a beautiful sunrise inside of it. TerBush thought to himself,“What if I could put this on canvas? What if I could convey that same sense that I and everyone else was feeling through paint?”
So the artist started to paint them, and right before his eyes, they started to glow. Once he had completed several of them he shared them with his trusted friends and needless to say, the response and the excitement was overwhelming. “I realized that people felt very much the same way I did, and that was that there was something magical, something extremely soothing, something that takes us away from the rush of everyday life back to, once again, a state of peace, of Zen.”
He muses,“I am enjoying this new extension of my art as much as I have ever enjoyed anything that I have painted. Hopefully when you view my paintings of these magical creatures, you will see and feel in them the emotions that I have felt while I have painted them.”
Details for the Dale TerBush Show,
“Abundance of Light”, in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
DATE: January 4-6, 2013
TIME: Friday & Saturday 6-9pm, Sunday 12-5pm
LOCATION: Exclusive Collections Gallery, Historic Gaslamp District
568 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
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