A Photographer and artist by training, the world around me acts as a vast canvas, a constant source of images and inspiration. I have captured an essential part of those images and memories when someone looks at one of my works and starts seeing, starts interpreting it their own way.
My intention is to allow the canvas to guide me to explore new concepts in relationship of space and location, intention and execution, as well as perspectives and dimensions. Through my work I attempt to interpret and explore the central issues of shapes and forms, and how color can emphasize, direct, interpret, or even re-direct their original shape. This interpretation results in the use of a variety of materials and processes. At times the canvas controls how I proceed and the outcome may be unintentional.The tactile appearance of my paintings is achieved in integral parts through built-up, pooled, scraped, layered, or dribbled paint. Each layer acts as a metaphor for time’s passage. I think of my paintings as an expression of calmness and flow and sometimes of dance and seduction and let color, technique, and mood guide me to the finished piece. In abstracting, the emotions are often more powerful than the actual "meaning" behind the painting and therefore I let my imagination be fueled by the moment.
Artistic Engagements and Professional Appointments:
Include grants through Artswatch Louisville, KY and Allied Arts Foundation Seattle,WA. As Artist in Residence Anette was awarded several Tip Grants for Jefferson County Youth Center in Kentucky to teach and create art with detained youths for a permanent installation. She was recipient of a Community Grant to work with diverse population in Hopkinsville, KY, while working for the most part of 4 years at elementary schools, at community centers, in middle schools and colleges. Ms. Lusher also worked with the physically and mentally challenged population of the Greater Kent Area, WA to create Public Art which is permanently installed at the Resource Center in Kent, WA.
Recipient of the distinguished Jackson Purchase Award; “Woven Words and Words Woven”, a unique collaboration/show of 70+ of her artworks with accompanying poetry by poet Malcholm Glass of Tennessee at the Fine Arts Center in Madisonville, KY. Selected to the “50 most achieved contemporary Artists from KY and surrounding States”, invited to the West Coast Fiber Art Show, Seattle, WA and Tacoma’s Multi-Media ArtSlam, and showed works in"Resident Alien", an invitational, unique, and thought - provoking group show at CoCA, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. Commissioned Outdoor Sculpture Exhibits "Heaven and Earth II " and the inaugural "Overgrowth & Understory", two group shows installed in Nature Parks in Seattle, WA, Solo Exhibit May - August 2010, HCC Gallery, Des Moines, WA, participating Artist at the 2010 Art Marathon at CoCA, Seattle, WA, Invitational Group Show, Fusion, Fundraiser, Federal Way, WA; ARTslanT 4th and 5th 2010 Showcase Winner Abstract Painting, Insider/Outsider Sculptural Group Show, CoCA Seattle, WA; KONA KAI Caffee - Solo Exhibit Nov 2010 - Jan 2011 Kent, WA. Her first Photography Exhibit in the NW "Obscure Perception at HCC Des Moines, Wa received rave reviews. ARTslanT 2nd 2011 Showcase Winner Photography,Fusion, Fundraiser, Federal Way,WA, Dumas Bay Centre Gallery - a 2 months Solo Show "Seductive Movement" Federal Way, WA "Last Call"- A Group-International Photography Exhibit - Life at Airports: Curated by Susana Lopez Fernandez, City Hall Gallery - Solo Exhibit - "Another Approach" - Photography & Paintings Covington, WA; ArtSlant 5th 2011 Showcase Winner Sculpture, "Heaven and Earth 3", CoCA, Seattle commissioned Group Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Carkeek Park - July - Oct. "meaningful Numbers", a 13 panel wall installation on permanent display at Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA. ArtScape Tacoma, WA commissioned - Storefront Installation - "Forms within Forms" Straw Sculptures - July - Nov Tacoma, WA "Chair Affair" Fundraiser Art Event, Tacoma, WA, ArtSlant 6th 2011Showcase Winner Mixed-Media, Artist Lecture "Inspired by Trees" Premier Gallery, Puyallup WA. ArtSlant 1st 2012 Showcase Winner Sculpture, 2nd and 3rd 2012 Showcase Winner Photography, "Vision of 4", art exhibit, May3-Aug4, Premier Gallery, Puyallup, WA, 2nd 2013 Showcase Winner Abstract Painting, 4th 2013 Showcase Winner Abstract Painting. "The Return of 88 Bees", Installation @ Gallery Context, Seattle, WA. Upcoming group~ and solo shows: "Art for the View" Proctors in Schenectady, NY, "Impressions in Abstractions" Covington, WA. "Painted Jewelry", a collaboration with Buddy Austin, jewelrer, @ OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA 2014: Solo Exhibit May-June,Tahoma Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA
A native of Germany, Lusher began her artistic career in Freiburg, studied under Wolfgang Vogel until graduation and received her degree from the Academic Institute of Freiburg in Art/Photography. Anette served as Vice-President/President for the Hopkinsville Art Guild, KY, was elected in 2009 as Art Chair for UWMC Service League, Seattle, WA, and recently received an appointment for a 3 year term to serve as Arts Commissioner for City of Fife, WA
For in depth information about exhibits and upcoming shows, visit my website @ www.anettelusher.com