Trish is a UX designer, graphic designer, artist and storyteller. As a professional artist, Trish works in mixed media, papermaking, printmaking, and photography. She is an internationally published photographer, award-winning designer and exhibiting fine artist. Her creative practice embraces transformation and storytelling, exploring traditional media integrated with technology.
Trish is an educated, licensed art teacher (NC & WA) with 10 years of experience teaching Pre-K through college in a variety of art mediums. Currently, Trish is an adjunct art professor in Graphic Arts at the University of North Carolina - Fayetteville State, teaching design, composition, branding, typography and Adobe CC. Trish also has extensive training and specializing in arts integration and social-emotional artistic learning. From 2014-2018, Trish taught arts integration and foundation visual arts with extensive focus on on Arts Integration. Trish was a freelance photographer with The Fayetteville Observer from 2012- Trish was recognized in 2018 as a Fayetteville 40 under 40 Honoree for community leadership. Trish is a 2016 & 2013 recipient of the Regional Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Cumberland County. Trish attended the 2015 Penland School of Crafts winter residency in papermaking, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Cape Fear Botanical Garden from 2016-2018.
Trish is a disabled veteran and former military photographer, and is the spouse of a disabled, combat veteran. After studying the history of art in war and the uses of art in veteran treatment programs during her master's program. She is a graduate of Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, and works with various veteran artist projects. In 2016, Trish launched Breaking Rag: A Veteran, Family & Community Art Project . Breaking Rag is veteran, family and community art project, focusing on making handmade paper from military uniforms in an open forum, creating a safe space for storytelling and sharing of the veteran experience through the arts. Breaking Rag operated in Fayetteville, NC until September of 2018, when Trish's art practice/studio was lost in Hurricane Florence.
Following the hurricane losses, Trish relocated to Washington State. In August 2019, Trish was awarded a 1-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to allow her time to recover and practice. Trish also received numerous grant to help rebuilding. From 2019-2020, Trish served as the School & Community Partnership Manager for Kirkland Arts Center (KAC). Trish vital in helping the arts center pivot to virtual classes in the wake of COVID19 pandemic, ensuring KAC continues to create. Trish is now rebuilding her art practice in her new home studio in Gig Harbor, WA and operated the Allstar Art Gallery in downtown Gig Harbor.