She’s an award-winning artist, who’s made the finals if the Bald Archy Prize 12 times, but Tricia Reust also appreciates how art can cleanse your soul in tough times.
That’s why she’s sharing her skills with the rest of us for free on Youtube. She’s been creating online workshops for years, but is keen for anyone who hasn’t yet discovered them to take a look.
And there’s nothing like a bit of self-isolation to make you want to explore your creative side, so if you don’t know where to start, Tricia’s classes might just do the trick.
Tricia has put together instructional videos on two different Youtube channels, covering glazing, atelier free-flow acrylic, dry brushing, the new atelier painting mediums and much more.
The Clontarf resident, who is renowned for her mixed media works, is compelled to paint or draw every day in her home studio.
Tricia says she’s not inspired, but “has to do it” otherwise she reckons she’s not a very nice person. Her husband even keeps his distance, when she disappears into her workspace.
“I just get totally lost in it,” she explains.
“It’s the same when athletes say they’re in the zone. I don’t feel when I’m in it. I’m just in it.”
It’s a calling that will continue to drive her pursuit of “the one”.
“I haven’t created the piece yet. I haven’t created something that says what I want to say yet,” she says.
The ultimate recycler has no qualms about cleaning off the canvases and starting again.
“I’m just always ready for the next one,” she explains. But there are exceptions. These include a painting of her husband and works inspired by her children and family.
Tricia loves portraiture. “I’ve never met a person that I haven’t seen something that I want to capture,” she explains.
“If I know them, I have to admire them. If I don’t know them, I just walk up to people and ask if they will sit for me.”
Tricia believes artists need to practice and do exercises to hold onto their skills.