James Trigg - photo courtesy of artist
I draw my inspiration from the Mountain West of the United States, most particularly the Southwest. The grand vistas, the one hundred mile visibility, the high altitude skies and spectacular cloud formations all create in me an intense desire to capture in paint the fleeting effects of light and shadow. I am stirred by the bare bones of the landscape left visible by the arid climate, the rocks and jagged crags, and even more so by the sight of distant and scarce rainfall, that sustains the thirsty and rugged countryside. Some of my favorite subjects are the small mountain villages of northern New Mexico, many of which were founded 300 years ago. I am drawn by the organic character of the adobe buildings, and the color harmonies created by using the local earth to build these villages, allowing the structures to blend with their surroundings as nowhere else in my experience. I work both in plein air and in the studio, believing that the two disciplines compliment and enrich each other.
While Trigg was still in middle school, his father arranged for James to start private art lessons with artist, Pearl Scott, in Farmington, NM. Continuing his studies through high school, Trigg won
many honors both statewide and locally. He graduated cum laude from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art. His strong desire to continually improve his work has led him to complete many classes and seminars and seek critiques from other well-known artists.
He taught art for a private art school and the Community Service Program at the San Juan Branch of New Mexico State University in Farmington, New Mexico.
Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments
His work is included in the following collections: George Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona; Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas; San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. He has been a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters since 1998.
1974 - Colorado Intercollegiate Exhibition, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; 1977 - New Mexico Art League National Small Painting Exhibition; 1977 & 1980 - New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts Competition; 1977 - Pagosa Springs, Colorado Juried Arts and Crafts Summer Festival (best of show booth); 1990 - One of his paintings was shown with the second one hundred from the 1989 "Arts for the Parks" competition at the "Artists of the West" Exhibition and Sale sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs; 2005 National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painter's "Nature Observed", National Arts Club, New York City; 2006 NAPPAP "Nature Observed" national show, Elk Horn Gallery, Winter Park, Colorado; 2007 NAPPAP "Nature Observed", Texas Gallery, Dallas, Texas; 2008 NAPPAP "Nature Observed", Adam Whitney Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
2008 - "The Lunch Bunch", Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM; 1996 - 1998 - Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library Christmas Miniature Show, Midland, Texas; 1992 - 2009 - Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library annual fund raiser, Midland, Texas
"Light and Shadow", Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
1989 - 1995 - Child in Need of Services (CHINS) Benefit Fine Art Show in Farmington, New Mexico
His painting "Still Waters" has been included in the book, "Plein Air New Mexico: The Jack Richeson Fine Art Series, Volume One."
Santa Fe Monsoon Greens
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