I am interested in the way a painting - a flat, inanimate object - can evoke feelings, especially those of joy, whimsy, wistfulness or serenity. I believe the "aesthetic response to color harmonies" is responsible for stimulating these feelings and for that reason much of my study has focused on color.
The paintings are representational with a dash of abstraction. When I paint, my aim is not to render an object per se, instead I record the pattern of colored shapes. When I step back, the shapes coalese into things, people and places. It feels like magic.
The brushstrokes are an important part of the painting. The paint is applied boldly because the energy remains in the mark and enlivens the painting. There is no attempt to fool you that the subject is real. Instead, the painting is my take on things. Just as a writer picks and chooses the details to include and the words to flavor or slant a story with, I edit the content of the painting. When I've found something interesting, I exaggerate it so that you will see it, too.
One can pursue painting for a lifetime because it is is endlessly filled with discovery and experiementation. I invite you to share that journey with me.
Trisha Adams’ Bio
Trisha was born and raised in California. She went to college at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a year's honor study in Oxford, England. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology, but it was her work as editor of the college yearbook which sparked her choice of vocation. She moved to Virginia and began working in the advertising department of a local newspaper. Because of her interest in computers, she quickly made the transition to desktop publishing and opened her own graphic design firm in 1985. After selling her business in 1990, she joined a color printing company establishing their electronic prepress department and retail service bureau.
Trisha began painting in 2001 and by 2004, she was painting fulltime. Landscapes are a favorite subject and she travels most summers to Provence to paint. She is a member of the 100-year-old Washington Society of Landscape Painters.
Trisha’s paintings are in prominent collections including the Virginia State Senate, the town of Leesburg, VA, the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, and the Winchester Medical Center.