Trish Booth’s latest painting series is a moody, mysterious interpretation of the western landscape. The new paintings inhabit the loneliness of Edward Hopper’s stark scenes mixed with the modern sensibilities of Georgia O’Keeffe, and the directness of H. Joe Waldrum. Booth’s work connects with audiences on a deep level finding a common ground in landscape, sensibility, and contemporary expression.
Booth paints scenes that draw her in – she feels a connection to the land and to the previous occupants of those places. Each place has a voice, a spirit, that calls out to her. There have always been metaphysical underpinnings to her work and the synchronicity that brought her to the southwest seems a direct extension of those ideas.
Working both on location to create sketches and photographs and in the studio combining the elements that will make up the final painting typically takes months to complete. Her work has been described as hyper-real and surreal at the same time. She often includes architectural elements in her works though she is best known for vividly colored landscapes that are more suggestive than literal.
Today the artist lives in Truchas, New Mexico, with her husband Leonardo Pieterse, also an accomplished painter, where they own and operate the Ghost Pony Gallery. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is in both private and public collections, including a recent purchase award from the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas