I paint the Southwest because I love the land! Being raised in the country, I have a strong tie to it. It’s a sense of deep emotions, of memory, and of history. While I am painting, I try to capture the feeling of the place, what is all around me: the smells, what I hear, and what I see – a complete picture.
My abstracts represent “My Other Side.” I play with emotions through color, shapes, and energy to make playful compositions.
About My Art
My goal when painting the landscape of the Southwest is to capture the essence of my senses. Most often I paint on location and work toward trying to capture what that environment tells me. I’m not worried about capturing exactly what I see, but rather the feeling of the place. I work loose, trying to capture the essence fast, before it slips away. Most often, I complete most of the painting on location with just a few touch-ups in the studio.
I was raised on a ranch in New Mexico; the land is what I love. The materials I use vary. Sometimes I want the fast intensity of a larger brush stroke while working in acrylics and at other times, I work in oils using a spatula or large palette knife. The colors I lay down are not often the exact colors I see but rather, what the environment asks of me. I like to “push” the color.
I either work on cradled panel boards or, in my larger work, canvas. For paints, I use either Golden acrylics and mediums and Holbein WS Oils. My favorite tools include house-painting brushes, spatulas, and palette knives.
Viewers should feel a contemporary sense of place when they look at my work. I want them to feel that same breeze, hot sun, or cool wind. I want them to be immersed in that specific environment.
Abstractions: I love to play in abstractions, either in paint, mixed media or fiber.
To see more of my work, please go to my website at peggytrigg.com
PO Box 586
Questa, NM 87556
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