Oak Hills, California
Realism and the natural beauty of life are so important in Trudy’s art. She uses all of the technical skills that she has developed and practiced to show detail and recreate every nuance in her drawings. Light and shadow are equally important and add so much interest to her subjects.
Having always loved to draw from an early age, Trudy is so grateful to have had such a wonderful family that always encouraged and supported her artistic endeavors. “I actually feel like a sponge when it comes to art, wanting to learn and practice constantly. Sometimes I experience artist’s insomnia thinking about all the wonderful exciting subject matter I want to create”.
Originally, Trudy worked in graphite pencil, but started working in colored pencil in 1999. Colored pencil is a medium that she really loves and is becoming more widely accepted because of its vibrant colors and “paint like” results. The mediums she works in continuously expand, and now she also enjoys pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic.
In addition to her personal pursuits, Trudy teaches a variety of artistic disciplines to both adults and children. Her teaching experiences have spanned 16 years and have been very fulfilling. As the “Artist in Residence” at Sycamore Rocks Elementary School in Apple Valley for 3 years, she taughta wide variety of art mediums to Kindergarten through 5th grade. She’s taught art for many years at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, teaching children and adults at their summer camps, wildlife festivals, and many unique workshops. Trudy also taught at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville, and has ongoing workshops at the Artists of the High Desert gallery in Hesperia. Her guest teaching experiences have spanned elementary, middle, and high school. One of the most fulfilling experiences was teaching the inmates at the women’s prison in Victorville. “They were very excited and receptive to learn art”. Last year she was one of the recipients of an art grant from The James Irvine Foundation for furthering art education.
In addition to her classes, Trudy continues to do custom work on a regular basis. She has completed over 50 cover/posters for Lifehouse Theater in Redlands. Her work has been shown in Chicago and many art galleries and competitions in California. Winning Best of Show at the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, and being awarded the CT Baisden Memorial Award from the Colored Pencil Society of America in 2007, were two highlights of her career.
“I can’t imagine doing something else with my life that would give me greater pleasure than I receive from creating art. I always hope that my art work portrays as much passion, joy, and satisfaction as I put into it”.