To create is everything, life force.
 –Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle)


Are you looking for art to uplift and energize your space and your spirit? Do you like color and more abstract art than realistic? Do you prefer or like art that is perhaps a little whimsical, spiritual, and full of color, energy, and light? Fantastic! You are in the right place. Whether you are looking for art for your home, office or healing center, I think my art will fulfill your needs. Contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Braylee Rush (Mary Gravelle). Artist. Acrylic paintings. Mixed-media paintings. Landscape paintings. Abstract paintings.

Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle). Artist. Acrylic paintings. Mixed-media paintings. Landscape paintings. Abstract paintings.

I am a visual artist living in Sedona, Arizona, where the Southwest landscape is awe-inspiring. Since moving to the southwest in 2006, the landscape has been an integral part in my daily life as well as informing my art. There is no finer creator than the original source of it all, God / Goddess.

Color, intuition, nature, and energy are sources that create a curiosity large enough to explore on the canvas. Read my artist statement below for more on why I create my art. Check out my resume (also below) for the finer details of where my art has taken me.

Browse, buy, get inspired. By all means, communicate with me. I will consider commissions.

Inspiration for My Art

I love the natural world. I love painting outside in nature. There is nothing as exciting to me right now than getting out on the trail or some other gorgeous piece of land and painting a scene that I love.
Graceful form, shape, and beauty soothe me. Angular juxtapositions and vibrant color excite me. Portraying realism is not important to me. The sway of a tree branch, the rich colors of a sunset, the bold red of a fire hydrant, or the angular shapes formed by rooftops, these are some of the things that intrigue and inform my art. I’m more interested in the process of creation than I am with the final result. I make art to maintain my sanity, peace, and happiness. I always feel so much better after having made something. If I feel cranky or out of sorts I know it is because I have not allowed myself time to create. I just seem to be driven to create. 
I get a feeling, a question arises, or something intrigues me enough to dive deeper into its meaning. The drive inside urges me to create, to give expression to what I am learning about or seeing in the world around me. Because of this need to probe deeper, I prefer to work in series. I find that this gives me more of a chance to understand what it is I am seeking to understand. It also gives me a body of cohesive work.
I have no fidelities to any one medium or style such as realism or abstraction: although, my work leans more toward the abstract. I use the medium that fits the work at the timeI paint on wood or canvas creating two-dimensional works using mixed media and/or acrylic paints. I also create two-dimensional works using digital media and photography. Clay offers me the chance to make three-dimensional works. Experimenting with the medium keeps my art alive and fresh, keeping me engaged and interested in the process.


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