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Happy Friday Everyone! Today I've had the pleasure to feature the very talented Trisha as our Creative Flair. I discovered her in the brilliant pool of Society6, and her work just astonished me in an instant. There's something about her skeletal paintings that I love so much! So much so, that I have one in my online shopping cart :)
In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.
I’m an artist currently living and working in Oklahoma City (previously lived in Texas for several years) and I create oil paintings that blend together nature, anatomy, and galaxies that are inspired by symbols found in mythology. I sell prints and originals in my online shop as well as several brick and mortar retail shops. When I’m not painting I’m writing in my dream journal (I have really strange vivid dreams) playing with my cat, Carina, stargazing, and being barefoot outside.
How did you first get into illustration? What’s your favorite part about it?
I started painting as a kid and it’s always something that fascinated me, that you could take paint and move it around to create something out of your dreams. I enjoy the sensory experience of painting, the smell of oil paint, the way brushes move on my panels, etc. Just thinking of an idea and putting it down on paper, canvas, etc has always been amazing to me. You're taking a thought and bringing it into existence and making it real. It's amazing!
Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?
I’ve always admired Agnes Cecile’s youtube videos of herself painting with watercolors. It’s completely serene and fascinating to watch how she moves paint around to create these ethereal figures. I’m also currently obsessed with Tyler Thrasher’s crystalized skeletons as well as Jen Mann’s moody lifesize paintings. These are all great artists with their own distinct style, and I think I’m so drawn to the way they make me feel and that feeling is something I like to hold onto whenever I create my own works.
You have a very distinct illustrative style. How did you define your niche?
I’m not sure how to define my niche, but I try to paint things that I really enjoy. My ideas always evolve off previous ideas and pieces, so it helps keep things naturally cohesive.
What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?
Each new painting I work on becomes my new favorite piece. There’s so much of an emotional attachment that goes into painting that you truly leave a piece of yourself with each creation. I think some pieces tend to have a particular aura to them and I keep these for my own collection (I try to keep one per series/year).
Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?
For artistic dreams I’d love to someday work on a larger scale, such as dreamy wall sized galaxies that engulf the viewer, or create installations based off paintings, like floral anatomy coming to life as a garden inside a gallery. I have financial goals as well, like being able to sustain a livable lifestyle solely on art. It’s hard, but this is what drives me to always work hard and do my best.
What motivated you to start your shop? Any advice for those wanting to do the same?
I was motivated to open my shop because I knew I wanted to make and sell art as a living. My advice for anyone looking to sell their work is to look into branding yourself, do you want to go by your name or create a shop name? Make yourself easily searchable by having a website and some social media outlets, and try to keep your shop cohesive so people will remember exactly who you are and what you sell. It’s also helpful to look up similar artists to get an idea for a shop setup/pricing. Etsy is also a great place to start!
If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
There’s so many places I’d love to visit for art inspiration (Marfa, Portland, NOLA), but as far as where I’d like to live and work I’d choose a sunny place where I could have a large studio with floor to ceiling windows and a courtyard where I could occasionally paint outside and watch my cat play. I’d like to think this magical place will exist in Oklahoma someday.
Early bird or night owl?
In college I was a total night owl, but nowadays I’ve really grown fond of taking the time to make a nice breakfast (breakfast is my favorite meal) and sitting down to enjoy the early morning light. The windows in my studio face east so I feel more myself in the morning, which helps spark my creative flow for the day.