Tricia May Boise, Idaho

Drawing her inspiration from the outdoors, Tricia May describes her paintings as “impressionistic with a contemporary flair.” Her early work focused on the figure, but after moving to Idaho in 1992, she became fascinated with capturing the landscape. She is a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho, and enjoys painting on location, in the sunshine, whenever possible. Tricia’s love of being outside has rendered her quite prolific–her current “Tree” series numbers more than 400 paintings and counting. “I plan my paintings ahead using sketches, a value pattern, and color choices,” says the artist. “Then I allow intuition and spontaneity to take over, enjoying the process.”


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    About The Artist

    Drawing her inspiration from the outdoors, Tricia May describes her paintings as “impressionistic with a contemporary flair.” Her early work focused on the figure, but after moving to Idaho in 1992, she became fascinated with capturing the landscape. She is a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho, and enjoys painting on location, in the sunshine, whenever possible. Tricia’s love of being outside has rendered her quite prolific–her current “Tree” series numbers more than 400 paintings and counting. “I plan my paintings ahead using sketches, a value pattern, and color choices,” says the artist. “Then I allow intuition and spontaneity to take over, enjoying the process.”

    Artist Statement

    My early work focused on the figure but after moving to Idaho in 1992, I became fascinated with capturing the diverse landscape the state had to offer. I purchased a French easel and oil paint, escaping to the outdoors to paint every chance I could! For the next 15 years I worked on good composition, color, values and qualities of light. Painting on location teaches you to simplify and make quick decisions as you only have an hour or two before the light changes. These lessons became my best tools as I started to work in my studio later on.

    I invited some like-minded artists to join me and the group evolved over the years into the Plein-Air-Painters-of-Idaho. We enjoyed painting in the Sawtooth Mountain area, the Snake and Salmon Rivers, Alpine Lakes, and numerous farms and ranches. It was the most exciting time in my career.

    Over the years I began spending more time in the comfort of my studio. Using what I learned painting on location, with my field studies and memory I found a new direction in my work. My art became more expressive and imaginative on much larger canvases. It continues to mature to my surprise.

    After spending time showing my work with galleries across the country and outdoor shows, I decided to simplify my life. I work with only a couple reliable outlets now and my own client base, focusing less on quantity and more on the quality of my art and the fun of it! This allows more time spent with my family, grand-children, gardening, hiking and travel. I texture the canvas, then brush on thin transparent color. I continue to add thicker paint using brushes and palette knives. I plan my painting ahead using sketches, a value pattern, and color choices. Then I allow intuition and spontaneity to take over, enjoying the process.

    Artist Background

    Orange Coast College
    Associate of Arts, 1970


    Hear What Collectors Say About Tricia's Work

    Tricia May 7/12/2018 | 5:58 PM

    Dear Brian, I am so honored that you choose my artwork for your new home. I love knowing that my work will be enjoyed. Great that you took a chance on UGallery. They are such a professional group of people! Tricia May

    commentsRhythms of Nature #9
    B Patrolia purchased this artwork. 7/11/2018 | 9:17 PM

    I could not be happier with my new artwork. I've had my eye on Ms. May's UGallery works for a while and this piece fits my new home perfectly. I have always purchased from traditional galleries so I was a bit apprehensive about buying online. But the free return policy convinced to to give it a try and I'm 100% satisfied!!

    Tricia May 7/11/2018 | 2:36 PM

    Thank you Albert and Jane for letting me know! I am so happy you are enjoying your new artwork. I always loved looking at this painting and noticing all the subtle color changes. Enjoy! Tricia

    commentsRhythms of Nature #10
    A Rita purchased this artwork. 7/11/2018 | 7:41 AM

    Thank you Tricia May for creating this lovely work. My wife, Jane, and I love looking into those woods. Beautiful!

    Tricia May 6/3/2017 | 10:18 AM

    That is so sweet of you to let me know. I had a lot of fun painting Sunlit Jewels! I hope it brings you joy. Tricia

    A Tobias 6/2/2017 | 2:21 PM

    Sunlit Jewels arrived yesterday. I am over the moon. Just gorgeous!

    Tricia May 6/1/2017 | 5:08 PM

    I was so pleased to hear from you, Anita. I am thrilled that you love my work and to know it will be enjoyed! Crate and Barrel will be adding new work of mine in the near future. Thank you so much, Tricia

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    A Tobias purchased this artwork. 6/1/2017 | 9:42 AM

    Absolutely love it. It is even more beautiful in real life. I ordered another piece of your from Crate and Barrel. I didn't even realize they both were yours until this one arrived. I am a fan!

    Tricia May 1/3/2017 | 9:52 PM

    Thank you Richard, Within a 200 mile radius of Boise there is such a variety of landscapes to paint. Add the four seasons and the opportunities are endless! I am currently working on a foothills scene and hope to have it completed soon. Boise is growing so fast but it is still a great place to live. Come back to visit!

    commentsBy the Creek
    R Adams 1/2/2017 | 11:56 PM

    Tricia, you are very skilled at painting! I love your outdoor scenes involving trees. Your work is gorgeous. - Richard Adams P.S. I grew up in Boise, Idaho, and I often miss that area.

    Tricia May 12/9/2016 | 12:58 PM

    Thank you Bill, Glad you are enjoying my artwork! Happy Holidays. Tricia May

    B Waterman purchased this artwork. 12/8/2016 | 9:02 AM

    We are really enjoying "Clarity". We will stay tuned for more paintings by Ms. May. Bill Waterman

    Tricia May 12/2/2016 | 12:35 PM

    Thank you John, Great insight, you obviously appreciate the creative challenges of a painter. I have been painting many years and have to push myself to stay excited about what I do. I recently put up a new mantra over my easel. "Enjoy the process". Tricia

    commentsSunlit Tapestry #2
    J Wilson 12/1/2016 | 8:06 PM

    Sunlit Tapestry 2. Cool colours that evoke a sense of temperature and a particular time of day. Even the warmth of the clouds look chilly. The "scatter" effect of the leaves and small branches increase the overall impressionistic dimension of the painting - a network of flickers - and reminds one a bit of Erin Hanson (see Saatchi) and a lot more affordable! - John Wilson

    Tricia May 9/12/2016 | 1:59 PM

    I just returned from my annual plein air painting trip to Stanley, Idaho. The surrounding landscape including Redfish Lake is so inspiring. I willl be posting some new paintings soon!

    Tricia May 4/23/2016 | 4:50 PM

    I am looking forward to getting outside to paint now that the weather is warming up. I have a few plein air events coming up here in Idaho and will post some new paintings with UGallery soon. Thank you to all the art lovers out there who have collected my work! I always love hearing from you. Tricia

    Tricia May 1/9/2016 | 8:35 PM

    Marie, I meant makes a difference (not mades). I never was good at spelling!

    Tricia May 1/9/2016 | 8:32 PM

    Hi Marie, Thank you so much! I love hearing from you and that my work mades a difference in your life. That touches my heart! Happy New Year, Tricia

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    M Madsen purchased this artwork. 1/1/2016 | 6:31 PM

    I love your paintings so very much. I hope you realize how much your work touches peoples' lives. It gives me peace and brings back memories. Thank you.

    Tricia May 10/11/2015 | 5:05 PM

    So glad you are happy Frank! Thank you for your thoughtful comments about my work. Tricia

    Frank 10/9/2015 | 9:48 AM

    Hi Tricia- I received "Cottonwoods" very quickly and it was everything I hoped it would be and your beautiful landscapes will keep me coming back. Thanks so much- Cheers, Frank

    Tricia May 9/30/2015 | 10:27 AM

    Hi Frank, This was a learning experience for me too! I will prepare "Cottonwoods" for you as requested and ship it right away. Thank you for your support. Cheers, Tricia

    Frank 9/29/2015 | 10:38 AM

    Hi Tricia- Well we settled the "hanging" details for "Cottonwoods" and I am very excited to get it. The sawtooth hook on a piece of wood should do the trick and I thank you for your patience. I think I now know the terminology to use. Ill let you know when it arrives. Cheers, Frank

    Frank 9/28/2015 | 12:02 PM

    Hi again Tricia- You are right- I don't need a frame around the outside- I meant some wooden strips on the back with a wire on one to hang it. Does that make sense? Thanks so much, Frank

    Tricia May 9/28/2015 | 11:39 AM

    No problem. I meant a frame around the outside. Are you wanting to hang this without a frame? Tricia

    Frank 9/28/2015 | 7:24 AM

    Thanks for the quick response Tricia- forgive my confusion as I am still a novice in the art world. When you say frame do you mean a wood frame backing to the panel with a wire to hang or a frame around the outside of the panel which I dont need. My main concern is hanging the artwork. Sorry I may be using the wrong terminology- Thanks for your patience- Cheers, Frank

    Tricia May 9/27/2015 | 5:06 PM

    Hi Frank, so nice to hear from you. I checked my posting of "Cottonwoods" and see my wording is unclear and I will edit it. This painting is on wood panel and will need a frame unlike your "French Lavender" that is on a deep canvas. I frame my small panels with a simple black frame and would be happy to include one at no charge. You can always have it re-framed later. Thanks, Tricia

    Frank 9/27/2015 | 12:54 PM

    Hi Tricia- I'm back after my last purchase- now interested in "Cottonwoods" which I love- tell me when you say ready to hang does that mean with a wire? Many thanks, Frank

    Tricia May 6/17/2015 | 3:31 PM

    Hi Marie, I am so pleased! It means so much to an artist to know someone really appreciates their work. Have a great summer! Tricia

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    M Madsen purchased this artwork. 6/16/2015 | 1:15 PM

    Tricia, My husband just painted some of the walls in our living room. I could not wait,I started to have him put up some of the artwork already. What beauty your artwork has added to our living space. Thank You so much. I will be back Marie Madsen

    Tricia May 6/12/2015 | 2:36 PM

    Hi Marie! I am so glad you love all your new paintings. It's not uncommon for us to pick out something we love as a gift and end up keeping it for ourselves! Enjoy, Tricia

    M Madsen 6/7/2015 | 3:32 PM

    Tricia, I love all of my paintings all three of them. I kept the one I was going to give my son ,I will buy him something else for his new house soon. Unable to part with any of them. Thank you for the beautiful work. Marie

    Tricia May 3/19/2015 | 10:06 AM

    Hi Frank, I am honored to have my artwork in your collection. I am always inspired to keep painting when I hear from satisfied collectors like you. Enjoy! Tricia

    Frank 3/18/2015 | 10:49 AM

    "French Lavender" was delightful and I am so glad that I have it in my budding art collection. I certainly will continue to follow your work. The colors are so vibrant and bring out the fullest in all your landscapes. Cheers!

    Tricia May 2/24/2015 | 3:44 PM

    Congratulations Frank! Maybe my work will bring you warmer weather. We are having an unseasonably warm February in Boise and so grateful. Enjoy your new artwork! Cheers, Tricia

    Frank 2/24/2015 | 11:24 AM

    Hi Tricia- well I did it and chose "French Lavender" - It is a ray of spring and sunshine during this freezing February we are experiencing on Long Island, NY. I hope Boise is a bit better! I cant wait to see it in person. Thanks so much, Frank

    Frank 2/24/2015 | 10:42 AM

    Thanks for the explanation Tricia- now for the hard part, I have to choose one to start with. They are all so appealing. Cheers, Frank

    Tricia May 2/23/2015 | 2:52 PM

    Hi Frank! I would be happy to tell you something about my oil paintings. I would say they are impressionistic, and the more abstract work (little subject matter) I would call expressionistic. I love to see fluid brush strokes and soft edges. This leaves more to the viewers imagination. Yes, my artwork is wired on back & attached to the stretcher bars. Thank you for your interest! Regards, Tricia

    commentsFrench Lavender
    Frank 2/23/2015 | 2:23 PM

    Hi Tricia- your work is all so good that it is hard for me to decide which to choose. I particularly like "French Lavender"- you mention that it comes ready to hang- does that include the wiring? Also how would you describe the style- abstract, impressionist or what? Im just new to the art world and am trying to learn quickly. Thanks and all the best, Frank

    Tricia May 1/14/2015 | 1:21 PM

    I feel honored you chose my work for your son's first home. It was so thoughtful of you to let me know. Thank you so much, Tricia

    commentsSummer Stream
    M Madsen 1/13/2015 | 1:50 PM

    Oh, they are beautiful. I bought them for my son's first home. I cannot wait to get the frames and hang them up with him. He loves the choice I made. Thank you , You have a gift !!!!!

    Tricia May 12/29/2014 | 4:40 PM

    Thank you Marie, It is on it's way, I hope you love it! Tricia

    M Madsen 12/25/2014 | 1:34 PM

    I can't wait to see it

    Tricia May 10/31/2014 | 2:33 PM

    Thank you Scott! I appreciate hearing from you and that you are enjoying my artwork. I hung "Colors of Winter" in my home briefly and was always amazed how differently the colors looked with the changing light. I think it's the underlying transparent paint. Thanks again and enjoy! Tricia

    commentsColors of Winter #2
    S Macleod purchased this artwork. 10/31/2014 | 9:44 AM

    Tricia again today a received a complement on my(your)painting. we love to stand back and admire how all the colors you used come together so perfectly. I will enjoy this painting for a long time. great job.

    Tricia May 10/17/2014 | 10:17 AM

    Autumn is arriving in Boise and the colors are mesmerizing! I am busy painting new landscapes and posting them as soon as they dry. Please let me hear from you, any questions or comments are welcome.

    Tricia May 12/13/2013 | 10:48 AM

    Many thanks to all who have followed my artwork this past year. For those who have purchased my paintings, I am honored to have my work in your home. I would love to hear from you! Happy Holidays! Tricia

    Tricia May 9/17/2013 | 8:59 AM

    Thank you J Hartman for your compliment on my painting. I do love to paint back lit trees! Keep checking in for new postings. Tricia

    commentsRhythms of Nature #5
    J Hartman 9/13/2013 | 9:45 PM


    Tricia May 8/13/2013 | 2:57 PM

    I am excited to participate in the Annual Plein Air Painters of Idaho's paint-out at Redfish Lake, Stanley, Idaho. September 3-5 twenty painters create artwork on location, while visitors look on. Wet paintings are displayed in front of Redfish Lake Lodge. It is great fun!

    Tricia May 7/9/2013 | 2:03 PM

    merci beaucoup!

    G Ramadan 7/5/2013 | 6:57 PM

    manifiques tableaux

    Tricia May 6/3/2013 | 6:12 PM

    Thank you to the UGallery staff for showing my artwork on your site. Tricia


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