2020: Artist in Residence Series – Trish Crowe

Artist in Residence Series, From the Charlottesville Daily Progress Newspaper, July 16, 2020, interview by Terry Beigie.

Finding whimsy in strange times: meet painter Trish Crowe

The coronavirus pandemic has offered artist Trish Crowe something she isn’t always afforded: the time to paint. Crowe is more than an artist; she’s the founder of the Firnew Farm Artist Circle, named for her farm; she is secretary of the Montpelier Foundation; she’s program director of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild; and is a past president of the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy—to name a few.

“I’ve been painting like a crazy person and the reason of it is that I have a lot more time,” Crowe laughs. “I’m responsible for so many groups, which I love but it takes time.”

And with that extra time, Crowe began to paint with a bit of whimsy with her “Chicken Trot in the Time of Quarantine” piece, among others.

“We each have an opportunity to look deep within our hearts and our souls and our own personal experiences (to be creative),” she said. “It’s been interesting to go into that and realize I have a choice to paint that happy place and spiritual place that I really wanted. It was fun to keep posting (to Facebook) and realize there were people who were happy to see somebody being creative.”

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