|Norton Bush was born in Rochester, New York, in 1834. He received his art training from Jasper Cropsey and James Harris. Bush was also an acquaintance of Frederic Church, who inspired Bush to paint tropical scenes. Heading for San Francisco in 1853, Bush crossed the Isthmus at Panama, which provided much subject matter. Bush kept a studio in San Francisco, and served as Director of the local Art Association. Bush earned fame for his early, tropical works, while his later seascapes were less popular. He died in Oakland in 1894.
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