We love it when pure serendipity works its magic. That’s what brought the talented Tricia Strickfaden to Huff Harrington Fine Art recently – and it happened when HHFA painter, Sheryl Daane Chesnut, put a little bug in Tricia’s ear about contacting us for representation. It took us about one second to all agree that Tricia’s mesmerizing and wildly organic work would be a great fit with us.
Tricia’s road to artistdom began with a career in interior design – and the rest, as they say, is history. Meet Tricia:
HHFA: Tell us about your art journey: how you got started and what’s happened along the way to get you to this point?
TS: I took a side step from my interior design career in 1999, and began painting again after the birth of my daughter. Wanting to try something new in my artistic endeavors, I took painting classes at a local college to learn the oil painting medium. I immediately fell in love this the medium. I began initially as an abstract painter, but in later years my work shifted into landscapes and seascapes inspired by my love of coastal living. These works varied from the more literal to abstracted compositions, evolving my style over the many years I painted them.
Recently in Spring 2015, I felt the need to visit my abstract roots again, and began an exciting new series of abstract paintings. I incorporated my favorite palettes of my landscape works, and interpreted them into organically shaped forms. This Inspired Organics series uses recycled house paint, ink, translucent pigments and pastel to create a watery, dripped and splattered piece, edited usually with white opaque paint into a composition with movement and vibrancy. (HHFA: we’re crazy about the Inspired Organics series!)
HHFA: Tell us what your greatest artistic influences are?
The beauty and color of every day life, traveling, interior design, and living by the coast.
HHFA: Describe how your environment and surroundings impact your work.
We built a home in Manhattan Beach in 2009, and included an art studio for me to work in. Its been wonderful to have my own space to do what I love. This new series of abstract works, however, I paint on the floor. I have taken over part of our garage to paint this series, so I can have more floor space to work on 3-4 pieces at a time. This doesn’t always thrill my husband, for I often take all the garage floor space, and have to park the cars outside. He’s been very understanding however, and completely supports my endeavors. I just need more space!!
HHFA: Tell us a little bit about the process: where do you paint? Do you treat it like a job or paint like crazy when the mood strikes? Pets to keep you company? TV? Music?
I paint either in my studio or in the garage, when more space is needed. This series is painted almost entirely on the floor. I like to work on several pieces at once, usually in a similar color palette. Sometimes I don’t get in the studio for days on end, for life and kids gets in the way. I don’t even bother to start something unless I have at least a 2-3 hour window. When I do paint, and I’m on a roll with several pieces, I can go all day, or until my feet give out. Sometimes things aren’t always working, and it gets frustrating. I hate days like that. But when the art is flowing, and the ideas are coming in strong, I’m at my best, and I get so excited about the work. I love days like that. I like to work when the mood strikes, and not when I have to because of a deadline. I feel that the most creativity happens when there is no pressure to finish pieces. I don’t always have that luxury, but that is OK. Being busy is a good thing! I always have my favorite playlist on, which keeps me motivated, and my cat Kiki usually comes in the studio to visit, often times walking all over the canvas!
HHFA: Favorite travel destination (and do you ever paint en plein air?)
My favorite city is Charleston, SC, and surrounding coastal areas. My husband and I fell in love with Charleston many years ago, and have vacationed there with our family many times. Being originally from the Dallas, TX area I want to retire someday in the south. After living near the beach for so many years, I would have to be near the ocean. That is our plan when kids go off to college.
I don’t ever paint en plein air, but my photography from my travels is always inspirational.
HHFA: Favorite art museum? (try to narrow it down!!)
The Getty in LA, and the Louvre in Paris.
HHFA: You’re having a dinner party with four artists from any time in history. Who are they and why?
Would have to go with my favorites, Jackson Pollock, Luc Leetemaker, Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko. (HHFA: sounds like fun. We want to come!)
HHFA: If you were to come back as any artist from history, who would it be and why?
Well, Jackson Pollock is my all time favorite artist, but I wouldn’t want to come back as him, he was quite a mess. I would have loved to have met him, and tried to talk some sense into him to help him put a stop to his self destructive behavior. He was so talented, and died much too young.
We’ve got Tricia’s work hanging both at the gallery and at Huff Harrington Home so come by to feast your eyes on Tricia’s gorgeous work. We can’t get enough of it!