Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Violet! She was one of my favorite ravens, who came to visit me daily at my studio for a time. For many years I have fed a pair of wild ravens who nest in the cliffs of the Colorado National Monument, south of my home. Last year they had a great reproductive season and showed up one day with 5 fledglings! So, with the help of the neighborhood butcher, I fed 7 ravens twice daily for about 2 months.
Not all ravens are curious about humans and their activities, and very few are even remotely approachable, but Violet wanted to get to know me! She was noisy and curious, even perching right outside my studio window to peer in at me.
Like all fledgelings, eventually she flew away to find her own territory, her own mate, her own life. I miss her! I hope she's still a sassy girl, flying high.
Nancee Jean Busse can’t remember a time when she wasn’t processing her experiences and observations through drawing or painting. From elementary school through a graduate degree, painting was the thread of continuity that honed her love of art, nature, and observation. Many years of working as an illustrator, then art director of an educational publishing company provided an opportunity to learn and appreciate the value of strong design and simple forms. The color, simplicity, humor, and narrative quality of children’s illustration provided yet another springboard for visual expression. NJ Busse has always loved the expansive beauty of the American West and its wild animals. The unsurpassed beauty of western Colorado provides the artist with unlimited opportunities to paint powerful landscapes and awe-inspiring wildlife. In November, 2013, she was profiled in Western Art Collector Magazine. In 2014 she was profiled in Southwest Art Magazine and again in Western Art Collector Magazine. Her paintings have been featured in American Artist, American Art Collector, and Art of the West Magazine. Nancee lives with her husband, dog, and cat at the foot of the spectacular Colorado National Monument. The ever-changing beauty of the red, slickrock canyons and panoramic vistas provide her the wondrous opportunity to chronicle the wide-open beauty of the America West.