While living in Hong Kong for many years, Trixie taught beginner and intermediate oils and acrylics at the Hong Kong YWCA to expatriate women from all over the world. Since returning to New York City from Hong Kong in 2006, she has been painting at the Art Students' League of New York with the well-known Post Abstract Expressionist Larry Poons as her advisor. Trixie is a member of the National Association of Women Artists as well as various other artists’ organizations. She has participated in many group exhibitions in NYC, Nashville, and Hong Kong and has had several solo exhibitions. Having begun her career as a portrait artist, Trixie is an abstract painter through and through but still enjoys an occasional delve into portraits and more recently landscapes.
I started painting over thirty years ago when I was studying to become a microbiologist. Hours of drawing what I observed under the microscope gave me an eye for detail and I began a career as a portrait painter. Although I had an eye for detail, I was never quite satisfied with just drawing and painting just what I saw and had an overriding urge to express myself, my inner self. I have always just wanted to be me. That may sound corny, but just being me, being able to live as the culmination of my experiences, has taken a lifetime of battles as well as many miracles and blessings. My painting process helps me to reconnect with my own self, to heal, to grow, to appreciate, to love and to feel loved and to create a visualization of what I can’t put into words. The practice of giving up on perfection and accepting the beauty of the unexpected when I paint has helped me do the same in my everyday life.
To paint with freedom, bypassing my thinking mind is what I strive to do. For me, music is key to disengaging from thinking enabling me to focus solely on the actual process of applying paint to canvas and letting the paint tell me where I need to go.
Two pieces of advice I try to always keep in mind:
1. From abstract painter Larry Poons ASL advisor: “Trixie, like the old Ernest Tubbs song says, try to say good-bye the way you say hello.”
2. From TV painter Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents!”