Artist Statement:
"I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another.  I'm never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook, other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. I started out drawing stick figures, some landscapes, and trying my hand at fashion drawings and illustrations.  I took a two month sabbatical and pretty much did nothing but:  draw, ink and collage. I knew I struggled with faces and figures so I set out to draw nothing but those. By the end of my time I had fine-tuned this craft which had haunted and challenged me so. 

I want to enhance this skill and these images even more, so I have set a challenge for 2012 to draw 50 faces and 50 figures.
I draw other things from time to time to change it up, and I am trying my hand at some digital art.  Occasionally, I also like to collage to and paint, but those are lower on the totem pole of my focus this year.  I didn't set out to be a figure and faces artist or to create artwork relating primarily to women; but as my portfolio developed and people started to review my work, the descriptions started to emerge. I began to notice a pattern I hadn't intended but am now pleased with.  I cherish the comic book industry and the artists who draw for it.  Many of the popular artists of today in that industry tend to draw females.  It is not necessarily my intention to be a comic book artist, though I wouldn't mind any venue if it was steady work.

My artwork tends to focus on the models, fashion, and figure pose.  I am often told that my artwork resembles something or someone else that I have never heard of.  Hearing my artwork compared to anyone is a delight to me.  Some reviews have labeled me as a traditional artist because my primary tools are pencil and ink.  In my life, I always try to depict a positive message to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  I desire my artwork to do the same and to leave the viewer with a happy feeling or connectivity to themselves or to someone they know.

I took art classes in high school, graphic design in a few community colleges, but most of my training actually comes from watching other artists I admire and online e-courses or training.  None of it was intentional - it all developed and evolved over time.  A goal of mine was/is to have my art in:  galleries and shows, online, and in person.  To be able to showcase, many times there needs to be an artist statement so after researching others I came up with this one: 

It is hard for me to describe my work just yet, as I am stretching out my wings in the art world.  I was with an artist for four years and art was his dream and I never dreamed it would be my world.  The reality is once our relationship dissipated, I realized I not only had a thought of being an artist, but a dream of doing it more on a full time scale and having my work shown all around.  It was a dream I never knew I had, until it surfaced out of loss and pain; to create something real and magical to me.  It is hard for me to describe any of my work.  Each one is generally done for a different reason. Some are in a series like my 50/50 series. Some are for challenges I have done for various e-courses or contests. The end result should speak for itself.  It should move each person differently and for different reasons.  There is no wrong or right meaning to each one.  Each person takes away what they want.  Why I created them in the first place stems from my desire to be a better artist.  Practice makes perfect, right?

I hope this statement expresses to you in thought, feeling and emotion the way I feel about art and how much I dearly cherish it.  But mostly, I hope I am able to show you how much I, as an artist, yearn and desire to grow and to nurture this passion; never giving up hope in all that I create and do...

Influences
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I've always loved comic books particularly work by, Al Williamson.  I love ink drawings of, women and cars particularly.  My favorite art style that intrigues me is:  Art Nouveau; Salvador Dali; and other artists of his type like, Kush.

Current artists I most admire are:  Adam Hughes, Jeffrey Moy, Dale Keown, Mark Lone, Chad Spilker, Chris Rich Mc Kelvey, Justin Schillerberg, Tina Petrucci, and Tin Druce Hoffman.

Former Artists I admire are:  Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Kush, Frida Khalo, Frank Stack, and many others." 
Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Tricia Trixie Hunter is a testimony to how important it is to keep practicing.  She chose a subject matter where she new she struggled with realistic renderings and kept a sketchbook of her studies.  Hunter uses various line weight and positive and negative space to achieve her portraits.
 
Michelangelo & Degas are other artists who used sketching as a way to build their craft.  Hunter’s work can relate to Contemporary Artist, Oskar Kokoschka’s studies.  He would create soft drawings with splashes of color pencil.  It was easy for the viewer to follow along his drawings and see his intention for the pieces.

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