I wrote about Trixie Pitts paintings and drawings in 2014 and was delighted that she sent me a notice of her latest exhibition in New York which is open until July. Her abstract expressionist pictures are a joy to behold. And although they’re predominately brought into being through subdued greys they nevertheless betray her love of colour and line, the marks breathing fresh life onto the canvas, capturing fleeting moments of landscape; rocks, streams, skies, each a signpost in an imaginary world that evokes the contours and demarcations of a desolate land of indeterminate place.
These paintings, from her latest exhibition, are inspired by her many travels and it’s this sense of movement, of land, of being bound to the earth and sky through colour and line that gives rise to her open and expressive aesthetic; full of rich diversity, the joy of seeing anew that which has been here for millennia. This connection to the past through contemporary art practice gives these paintings a vitality that persists and will endure. Here’s what she has to say about her process:
The process of painting is my focus, not trying to end up a certain way. I just begin and see what happens, often starting out in one place and ending in another, with no idea how I got there or how to “do it again.” Painting for me is like a roller coaster, terrifying and yet exhilarating. When I look at a painting and say to myself, “How did I ever do that?” Then I know it’s good! I am proud of myself for having the courage to put myself on the line each and every time I paint. Starting is the key. Then, one colour, one line will lead to another.
Travelling is an important inspiration for my painting. I don’t paint until I return, but seem to absorb the colours and atmospheres and vibes of places that affect me on an emotional level. When asked, “What were you thinking when you were painting?” I reply, “I try not to think, that just gets in the way. I “Just Do It”. Funnily, I wear Nikes when I paint!
My main inspiration is my past. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, and in my case it made me paint! The process helps me to reconnect with my own self, to heal, to grow, to appreciate, to love and to feel loved and to create my own reality.
You can see these paintings at 135W50 Lobby, 135 West 50th Street, New York, NYC 20010, USA