More and more I'm finding subject matter in things I grow in my garden. These include tomatoes, figs, raspberries, asparagus, grapes and apples. Being able to watch a plant grow allows more opportunities to study it in preparation for a painting. I've recently been adding homegrown flowers to the mix, including daffodils, gladioli, daylilies, and amaryllises. I'm especially drawn to amaryllises due to their large sculptural blooms that develop over several weeks. I care for over 50 amaryllis bulbs, replanting them in season each year, and observing them several times each day to see what inspiration they might provide. For me, an amaryllis in bloom brings to mind humans in relationship to one another.
Trish Coonrod is a still life painter living in the fingerlakes region of upstate New York. She earned a BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in New York City