Artist Tricia May

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Working in my studio or on location whenever possible, I take my inspiration from Mother Nature. I would say my oil paintings are impressionistic with a contemporary flair.  Subject matter include landscapes, florals, and abstracts. Regardless of the subject matter, my focus is on the quality of light, movement, color harmony and a feeling of joy.
My early work focused on the figure but after moving to Idaho in 1992, I became fascinated with capturing the diverse landscape Idaho 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 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 [...]

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