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, 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 also 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.
To paint with freedom, bypassing my thinking mind is what I strive to do. For me, music is key to disengaging from thinking so as to focus solely on the actual process of applying paint to the canvas and trust that the paint will tell me where I need to go. My abstract paintings are representations of my ongoing internal processes to accept my own value, purpose and strength. I endeavor to paint with feeling, to trust my own instincts, to avoid aiming for a preconceived final outcome and to hopefully expressing an authenticity that is beyond words.
Cherishing joy after overcoming early life trauma is my inspiration. Recently, as a foil to my expressionistic abstracts I have begun a series of abstract landscapes based on my love and connection to Burgundy France. I enjoy the challenge of painting my feeling of a place rather than a representation of it. The pet portraits continue to be a refuge for when I would altogether rather deal with technical challenges than emotional expressive ones.
Two pieces of advice I try to always keep in mind:
1. From abstract painter Larry Poons: “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!”