During the month of June, the Blanco Library is showcasing the art of Blanco resident Trish Woodruff, whose acrylics and oil compositions vibrate with rich colors and energy. Many of her works glow with spirituality, including figures which resemble a madonna and child, and a composition resembling the Last Supper. Flowers and birds are also dominant in her works. As she explains it, “Flowers, the special jewels sent to us by the Creator, are my favorite subjects to grow and paint. A flower can portray everything—grace, beauty, fragility, strength, magnificent color, and a complete life cycle on a stem firmly planted in Mother Earth.” She describes her style as “semi-realistic” and calls art “a world of enchantment, merriment, and delight. Anything goes!” The swirling quality of some of her paintings has led one observer to compare her to Vincent Van Gogh. She laughingly says that the signatures of both are first name-only but confesses that she shares with him a history of depression.
Trish’s life has given her many opportunities to develop her art, beginning with a childhood as an “Army brat.” Trish credits her mother, Pat Wolfe, as her artistic inspiration and for making sure her children were exposed to the masterworks of Parisian art, which Trish describes as “awesome, even though the eyes of a little girl.” She has studied under instructors whom she calls “amazing,” both in California and in Texas, where she moved as a single working mother. She is especially grateful to Vie Dunn-Harr, whom she met in an art group and with whom she later studied. She began to work with acrylics under the guidance of Mary Jo Harding, whom she calls “a delightful person and an inspirational teacher.”
Modestly, Woodruff says that her painting “will never rival the greats” but that it brings her an incredible amount of joy. Those who view her works will share that joy, as her spirit and creativity shine through.