Trish Boyles

Contemporary Mixed Media Artist

Artist Statement

In my current work I explore the collection and organization of salient moments, decisions, experiences, paths taken, and memories and how we solidify them into constructs of identity, beliefs, directives and narratives about ourselves, others, and the world. I incorporate an assortment of media, including acrylic paint, collage, charcoal, and colored pencil, developing many layers in an effort to capture the repetition and depth in how we process the important fragments of our experience into a greater sense of meaning.


As an adolescent, I was enthralled with illustration and drawing, working primarily in graphite and colored pencil, and declared an art major before even starting college. After two semesters, I became convinced I was not an artist. I dropped the major and, for the most part, left art behind. I dabbled in music and literature searching for the self-expression I’d lost, but neither got into or came out of me like visual art.

Through the years I kept the art in me alive with infrequent episodes of creation, but nothing intentional or sustained. Fast forward through many years, many jobs, an MBA and Ph.D., careers as a college professor and a small business CFO – to now, when recently, I’ve left all that behind and have committed to becoming the artist I always wanted to be.

I work somewhat instinctually, trying to guide the work instead of controlling it. Periodically, I step back to consider the quality and effect of the composition, line, color, etc. As such, where a piece starts is never where it ends, and the most satisfying works are the ones through which I’ve learned something…about myself, about orange, about how different kinds of papers react to different media, about how accidental marks seems to appear at the right time and in just the right place. These days I’ve traded my pencils for mixed media and collage and continue to experiment with other forms of art like papermaking and sculpture.

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