Dawson Community College Gallery 126 is pleased to present the paintings of Trish Stevenson. Eastern Montana horse lovers and rodeo fans will especially enjoy her images of ranch country. Trish's exhibit Through the Dust - Colors of the West will be open to the public Monday, January 10th through Friday, February 25th. On Friday, January 28th from 5 to 8 pm there will be an Artist Reception for Trish. As always, everyone is welcome to come enjoy the artwork, conversation, and refreshments. If you can't make it then,Gallery 126 hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm, and evenings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 to 9 pm. Located in room 126 computer lab next to the library. For more information and the 2010-2011 gallery schedule go to http://www.dawson.edu/arts/visual/gallery-126 
Although Trish grew up in the suburbs of Denver, she has always felt a connection to the cowboy side of the family tree. Her great grandparents raised horses for the US. Cavalry in western North Dakota and family vacations were spent with her grandparents in the same area, where dusty brandings and rodeos were the highlight of the summer. Her grandfather was a former bronc rider who told vivid tall tales of cowboys and wild horses in the badlands, all the while rolling his Bull Durham cigarettes. Hearing the stories told in her grandparents' old log cabin home, with Charlie Russell calendars and prints hanging on the walls, made a strong impression on Trish and still influences what she chooses to paint today.
Even as a kid, Trish knew she wanted to be an artist, so she attended the Colorado Institute of Art, intent on a career in graphic design. Following a two month study trip to Europe she began to feel her true calling was fine art and decided to further her studies of painting, which has become a lifelong passion. She eventually moved to the ranching country of eastern Montana, where she is inspired to portray the people, animals and action of the contemporary West.
The powerful images, ideas and attitude of the West are the main inspirations for Trish's painting. Memories and impressions are stirred by her surroundings in the rural, ranching culture of eastern Montana. The sound of thundering hoof beats, the tilt of a cowboy's hat or the color of a shaded canyon wall ignites an idea, calling her to explore and create. She also draws upon the powerful treasure of imagery that lies in observations of the horse, their social interactions and their unique connection to humans.
Trish paints in pastel or oils after paying particular attention to the initial drawing. Generally using bold, sunlit colors and focusing on movement and gesture rather than detail, brings vibrant action and excitement to the surface. Dust often comes into play, diffusing the light, losing then finding the subject as it adds to the atmosphere. As she works, she's keeping in mind the original inspiration, but also welcoming the painting's own spark of life that seems to evolve in the creative process, that spark being the true joy of creating.
Trish's award-winning artwork has been featured in Western Horseman Magazine and Art Horse Magazine's International Equine Art Competition. She has participated in national and regional exhibits across the Western states and exhibited with the American Academy of Equine Art in Lexington, Kentucky. Professional memberships include The Western Heritage Artists Association and the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies. Her website is www.trishstevenson.com .