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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!”