Trisha Thompson Adams

Charity Art

Lately I've been painting pieces that have got me thinking of something much larger than myself. There is such a huge health community out there of people with similar circumstances and experiences and I wanted to do something that would help them. When I had mentioned on Instagram that I would be painting floral kidneys, I received so many messages from kidney donors and transplantees as well as Nephrologists telling me their personal kidney journeys and how excited they were to see how the paintings would turn out. It was really overwhelming in such a positive way that I wanted to start donating some of the sales to organizations that I felt would utilize those funds for good.

I've decided to start a series of "charity prints" where 10% of sales will be donated to medical organizations that work with patients and funding to help people in need. So far in this series I've made a Tulip Kidney, Floral Kidney, and Floral Liver that benefit the American Kidney Fund and the American Liver Foundation.

I'm hoping to add a new lung piece to the series for Cystic Fibrosis as well as another brain piece and maybe more. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm doing much to help in a world that truly needs all the help it can get, so I feel at the very least this can be a small part of something I can do. I have so enjoyed hearing all your stories and hope to continue hearing from you! If there's a piece you'd like to see or an organization you love, shoot me an email... I'd love to chat about it.

Prints can be found at

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One of my favorite paintings I've made recently is this floral uterus piece from early March. I wanted to use flowers that enhanced the natural look of a real uterus with an iris as the womb and vagina, and Queen Anne's lace as the ovaries. I love this piece so much and during my research for floral inspiration I ended up with so many amazing reference photos that I hope to paint a few more variations of this. Hope you all love! I have the original painting on display at Current Studio for their Nasty Women exhibit and you can find prints in my etsy shop here

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. 


Celestial Siren

I recently finished this celestial siren oil painting and I'm completely smitten. She doesn't have a name yet, though I'm leaning towards something like Luceria. The reference photo was taken from this lovely photo of Kassi Smith by Kenny Sweeney. I have a few more sirens in the works that I'm pretty excited about; this whole series has me pretty excited.

It feels good to be working on a larger scale than I'm used to. There's more freedom with my brushstrokes and that's a a really wonderful feeling.

Well, I'm off to paint and eat tacos, have a lovely weekend!