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Trixie Pitts
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Trixie Pitts Artist Statement

When beginning a painting, I try to do so without a preconceived idea of a desired outcome.  To bypass my thinking mind and just paint, trusting that one thing will always lead to the next, is thrilling.  I love to paint with abandon.  I begin with a quick drawing, with graphite or charcoal in wet gesso.  I then build a painting using layers of oil paint and more graphite.  I paint fast.  Hopefully I express something authentic that is beyond words. 

I dedicate my work to all those who experienced severe early trauma.  My recent work has increasingly focused on expressing this huge facet of my personality. I believe that by striving to accept my past and its lingering demons and be proud of all that I have overcome without losing my joie de vivre, it enables me to harness these experiences in a positive way hopefully to create powerfully expressive work.  No matter what, when I look at my paintings I always get a healing message: I am who I am and I won’t give up.

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!”

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I Love To Paint With Black And White!

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Expedition 2013    Oil, Graphite on Canvas, 40 x 54 inches 

    

I love painting with black and white and grey.  A lot of my paintings I begin with a gestural under-painting where I draw into the under-paint before I beg in to add color.  Sometimes though, a particular canvas might cry out to me,…

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Abstract Landscapes - Burgundy

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 6:15pm 0 Comments

Chambolle Musigny 2013 Oil, Graphite on Canvas 48”x48”

After spending some time recently in Burgundy, France I felt inspired to try my hand at some abstract landscapes, which I haven't done in a few years having been focusing mainly on nonrepresentational abstract painting. My goal is to paint how I like to paint - without any preconceived plan basically as to…

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Artist Statement - Trixie Pitts

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:30am 0 Comments

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

When beginning a painting, I try to do so without a preconceived idea of a desired outcome.  To bypass my thinking mind and just paint, trusting that one thing will always lead to the next, is thrilling.  I love to paint with abandon.  I begin with a quick drawing, with graphite or charcoal in wet gesso.  I then build a painting using layers of oil paint and more graphite.  I paint fast.  Hopefully I express something authentic that is…

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When We Were Small

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

 

When We Were Small 2012  (Oil, Pastel, Graphite on Canvas 48 x48 inches)

 

For this painting I wrote a poem to accompany it.  Although I feel each (painting and poem) stand on their own, I think together they pack a real one-two punch - for me anyway!

 

 

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