North Coast Seed Building Studios Where Creative Ideas Grow in the NOPO Junction

North Coast Seed Building Studios
Trish Nickell

I am an observer…views outside of a window, people, nature. The primary attraction for my compositional choices is color. I isolate details of a scene with photographs and sketches—from these my paintings begin.

Nature can be a sanctuary—a place for meditation and renewal—a palette of images that may seem ordinary and often go unnoticed. As an ancient Tao poem states, “…the sacred lies in the ordinary.”

Much of today’s art is inspired by social problems. My paintings are inspired by color and by nature. They often evoke serenity and invite contemplation. In today’s complex and fast-moving society, we need a moment to slow down, to reflect, to relax.

The transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.”


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