Life Lately - New Home

Since it's been so long since a life lately post, I wanted to make a general update from the past year or so. I may make future posts that go back with more details, but for now, something simple.

In 2015 Micah and I decided to move back to Oklahoma. OKC was calling and we definitely felt it was where we were supposed to be. Luckily we still feel that way ;)

For a year we lived in a really awesome condo that I could never ever afford without having a roommate, which happened to be my sweet brother-in-law. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember all the insane sunrises from that place. I really miss that.

This past autumn we took the plunge and bought our first home. It's in a woodsy neighborhood in OKC thats close to some of our favorite places. We love it here so much, and I know Rina does too. We have an enclosed patio that I call the "catio" that she essential lives in now (she wishes). 

Right now I'm still in the process of converting the formal dining room to my studio space. This is the most space I've had dedicated to art stuff only, and I feel overwhelmed sometimes that I even get to do this for a living. I'll post more once I get more paintings hung and organized. 

I've also recently given my website a little facelift and added a list of all the retailers who carry my artwork in their shops. That's all for now, much love! 

CELESTIAL Show - DNA Galleries

Posting this almost two years after the fact, but I wanted to make a post about a show I did back in December of 2015 at one of my favorite galleries in Oklahoma City. I've been selling prints at DNA Galleries for years now and when they asked me to show work in their gallery space I was super excited to participate. 

Some Q's and A's from DNA:

What is your medium/process? 

I paint multiple thin layers of oil paint on wood. There’s a mix of reference photos and freestyle painting. I never really know how something is going to turn out, and I think that’s essential for me when I paint.

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. After college, I moved to Texas and lived in Galveston and Austin. I recently moved back to OKC this past summer.

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

“Celestial” is a series that focuses on fictional deities that rule other worlds and galaxies. Their names are reminiscent of Greek, Celtic, Persian, and Egyptian goddesses. I wanted to create divine beings that could either be ancient or futuristic.

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

What inspires you?

I’m very much inspired by nature, anatomy, and astronomy. I feel they are very much full of life and full of death. It’s intriguing and beautiful.

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

How did you get started?

Like most people, I started painting as a kid. In pre-school, my teacher called my mom to tell her she was worried because I refused to draw stick figures. My mom later told me that I came home that day complaining because “people don’t look like sticks!” I hadn’t yet figured out how to draw a human body. I’ve been infatuated with painting and drawing ever since.

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

What are your goals for the future?

I’d love to create life-size round panels of galaxies that invoke an immersive view of space. I’d also love to create a conceptual interpretation of my “Floral Anatomy” series by creating a garden inside of a gallery made completely of flowers and bones.

What advice do you have to artists?

If you put in the time, love, and energy, you will see results. That doesn’t mean every piece will be amazing, but you always have to keep at it to grow as an artist. Try not to put so much stress on yourself and just play around and have fun with your work. Experiment!

Gem Show

So excited to post some images from a recent show I had at The Social Club in Norman, Oklahoma. I was their featured artist for November and I decided to display all the little gem paintings I've been working on from the past year. I've always loved working on a small scale and this was a perfect way to show off my "rock collection". 

I loved the idea of displaying them in an almost scientific format with the thick cradled wood acting as a boxed illusion of the specimen. Added with the fact that they are tiny, it just seemed to go hand in hand. I'm also incredibly fond of rainbows and it just seemed the most natural way to display these little paintings I love so much.

You can shop originals and prints here

Here are some photos of the show as well as a few favorites of mine!

Pink Diamond, oil on board, Trisha Thompson Adams 2016

Pink Diamond, oil on board, Trisha Thompson Adams 2016

One of my favorites, and also took soooo long to paint. I think I'll keep him. 

One of my favorites, and also took soooo long to paint. I think I'll keep him. 

Rhodochrosite, oil on board, Trisha Thompson Adams 2016

Rhodochrosite, oil on board, Trisha Thompson Adams 2016

A few in progress shots...

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Plagiarism is a Taboo Word

Hi guys, I know it's been over a year since I've posted, but in light of recent events I wanted to post the full story here. 

My artwork was traced by an artist who turned my custom designs into embroideries. She was not just inspired by my designs, but copied every flower placement, vine, and leaf from my custom pieces. She did not have permission from me to do this.

Around the time of October 14-17, major art sites like Colossal, Bored Panda, Fubiz, SoSuperAwesome, Mental Floss, and countless others were posting her work without mention that I was the creator of those designs. It took about 1-2 days before I was made aware, and by then the damage was already done. Bored Panda's Facebook post received approximately 10k likes and 2k shares. Colossal also had 10k likes and 5k shares. This artist made upward of $1000 in just a few days on her etsy (off just my designs) before I had the Etsy legal team shut it all down. 

My main goal was to make sure the sales stopped (they are no longer listed), but it killed me to see comments on these art sites from people praising this girl for making art that was "so unique". I messaged all the art sites in regards to this and received a huge mix of responses...some I never saw coming.

Sosuperawesome on tumblr reacted immediately and took down the plagiarized art, reposted my tumblr post on plagiarism, personally apologized to me, and then posted some of my art. This went above and beyond my expectations, and I commend them for sticking up for artists. They give me hope that there really is a loving community for artists, and I will forever be a fan.

On the other side, Colossal took days to respond after completely ignoring messages from my friends, followers, and myself. They finally updated their site post (I'd link but I don't want to give them site clicks), but only stated that the work in question was "inspired" by me. I don't know how blatant plagiarism equates to inspiration, but that was apparently their take on that. I quickly emailed them to express my disappointment with the update, and I received an email that included this line,

"I feel the designs [from the embroidery artist] are original enough and in a different medium, and the artist herself communicated/admitted to us that she did in fact use your work as reference. We've updated the post accordingly." - Colossal

This makes me sad. To steal someone's designs and make it in a different medium does not justify originality. Changing the medium does not change the copyright infringement. She did not just reference my art, but traced it almost 100%. He also expressed to me that reporting on plagiarism was out of scope of what they do. I also had Bored Panda privately message me to say they don't condone plagiarism, yet none of these sites seemed interested in the main party being effected: me. None (except for sosuperawesome) updated their Facebook posts where most of the damage occurred, or made new posts of my art. Very few apologized to me. 

Why is plagiarism so taboo? Why is it so easy for the public to recognize something as being a blatant copy, yet the big guys at Bored Panda and Colossal want nothing to do with it? How can you say you support artists when you let this injustice occur?

At this point I just feel broken. The past few days have been an anxiety ridden nightmare and I've barely been able to eat or sleep. I'm ready for this to be over and have ceased communication with Colossal and the others as I don't believe they will be of further help.

I do want to say thank you so incredibly much to my friends, family, and followers for being so supportive. You guys are the community that truly matter. You saw an injustice and made your voices heard. I will forever appreciate this. For everyone who shared my Facebook post, thank you from the bottom of my (floral) heart.

EDIT: I wanted to add that I wish no ill will towards the girl who used my designs and my hope is that she blossoms as an artist, creates her own unique works, and gets to do what she loves. I think her embroideries are beautifully made, but the harm came from the online response her works received. Without the social media response this would have been a relatively quick and private matter. I think it's important as artists for us to be careful with our reference photos, and in doubt always ask the artist! I know it's hard and perhaps I've made the same mistakes, but at the very least I think it's a lesson we can take into account when putting new art out there for the world to see. 

 

New Studio, a Siren, and a Nebula Print!

I've been a little MIA lately and that's mostly due to the fact I packed things up and moved to a larger studio. I'm so excited to have more space, light, and the sweetest little balcony. It's still a little too chilly, but I'm really looking forward to bringing my oils outside and painting in the sunshine.

This space is only temporary since we will be moving this summer, but for the moment it's nice to enjoy all the new places we've been able to visit/live. 

Scanned version of one of my sirens. I have several in progress atm, and I can't wait to see how each piece will emerge into it's own being. One of my favorite things about painting is the process of layering. Each layer brings with it new depth, life, and mistakes, which results in this new creation that has so much energy to it. It's the reason I love painting so much.

Also wanted to mention I now have Orion Nebula prints in my shop. I love the crispness and color in these prints; they turned out incredibly lovely. Painting galaxies and nebulae has proven to be a very spiritual and calming experience. 

I'm painting and packing prints in the studio today. Hope you all have a fulfilling and wonderful week!