Trixie has been painting for over thirty years. While living in Hong Kong for many years, she taught beginner and intermediate oils and acrylics at the Hong Kong YWCA to women from all over the world. Since returning to New York City from Hong Kong in 2006, Trixie has been painting at the Art Students' League of New York with the well-known Post Abstract Expressionist Larry Poons as her advisor. She 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 also had several solo exhibitions. Having begun her career as a portrait artist, Trixie is an abstract expressionist painter through and through but still enjoys an occasional delve into the figurative.
Most everyone who isn’t an artist has a job based on a path of learning and acquiring knowledge. Lawyers learn how to try cases. Doctors learn the right and wrong way to doctor. Scientists learn how to make scientific investigations. Everything really seems to be based on knowing. Although I did spend years learning how to draw what my eye sees and to mix paint to the colors I am looking for, although I followed a path of learning techniques, to me being an artist means striving for the state of not knowing. It means exploring, not knowing where I will end up. It is there that creativity happens and an authentic painting emerges. My paintings, to me are my advocates, my support system. They remind me that I am not invisible, that I am not hiding, that I am not living someone else’s idea of who I am. 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. Having overcome severe childhood trauma, I was compelled to start drawing and painting. The 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.
It's so funny to me because some people tell me my work is so peaceful! At a quick glance my paintings may seem nice and easy, but the more you look, the more you see. I see my own struggles, my courage, joys and sorrows. It can be troubling, if that is how the viewer is feeling! But, I know it is authentic because I just do what comes to me.
The process is my victory, not the product. To paint with freedom, bypassing my thinking mind, focusing solely on the actual process of applying paint to canvas, letting the paint tell me where I need to go, that is what I strive to do. 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.