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
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.
Orange Coast College
Associate of Arts, 1970