Biography: As a professional artist, Trish works in mixed media, papermaking, printmaking, and photography. She is a published photographer and exhibiting fine artist. Her creative practice embraces transformation and storytelling, exploring traditional media integrated with technology. Trish is an advocate and teaching artist, leading youth and adult art programs in her community.
Trish is an educated, licensed art teacher, with experience teaching Pre-K through college in a variety of art mediums. She is licensed to teach K-12 Art in Washington and North Carolina. Beyond the fine arts, Trish also has extensive training and specializing in arts integration and social-emotional artistic learning. She currently serves as a teaching artist and the School & Community Partnership Manager for Kirkland Arts Center. She is also an adjunct art professor at the undergraduate level in Graphic Arts through the University of North Carolina - Fayetteville State. Trish has 6 years of experience teaching in K-12 schools. Trish earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and her Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts + Art Education License from Fayetteville State University.
From 2014-2018, Trish taught arts integration and foundation visual arts with extensive focus on on Arts Integration. 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. In August 2019, Trish was awarded a 1-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
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, Trish is now using art as tool for veteran advocacy. 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.