May 18 — June 24, 2012
PROJECT SPACE

Patti Trimble, Eden Catalogued (Endangered and Threatened California Species) ,  oil on canvas, 54
Patti Trimble, Cushenbury Buckwheat, oil on linen, 36
Patti Trimble, Owls Clover, oil on linen, 36
Patti Trimble, Endangered Showy Clover, oil on linen, 38
Patti Trimble, Fountain Thistle, oil on linen, 44
Patti Trimble, Leaving Eden (150+Endangered Calfornia Species) oil on digital print on canvas, 36
Patti Trimble, Marin Dwarf Flax, oil on linen, 37
Patti Trimble, Sphinx Moth, oil on canvas, 9
Patti Trimble, Eden Catalogued (Endangered and Threatened California Species) , oil on canvas, 54
Patti Trimble, Cushenbury Buckwheat, oil on linen, 36
Patti Trimble, Owls Clover, oil on linen, 36
Patti Trimble, Endangered Showy Clover, oil on linen, 38
Patti Trimble, Fountain Thistle, oil on linen, 44
Patti Trimble, Leaving Eden (150+Endangered Calfornia Species) oil on digital print on canvas, 36
Patti Trimble, Marin Dwarf Flax, oil on linen, 37
Patti Trimble, Sphinx Moth, oil on canvas, 9

Patti Trimble, Eden Catalogued (Endangered and Threatened California Species) , oil on canvas, 54" x 72"

Patti Trimble, Cushenbury Buckwheat, oil on linen, 36" x 39"

Patti Trimble, Owls Clover, oil on linen, 36" x 36"

Patti Trimble, Endangered Showy Clover, oil on linen, 38" x 36"

Patti Trimble, Fountain Thistle, oil on linen, 44"x 39"

Patti Trimble, Leaving Eden (150+Endangered Calfornia Species) oil on digital print on canvas, 36" x48"

Patti Trimble, Marin Dwarf Flax, oil on linen, 37" x 29"

Patti Trimble, Sphinx Moth, oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

A few years ago, I began to think of the environmental crises as a crises of the imagination.

I couldn’t really imagine the scope of global degradation; so of course I couldn’t imagine what to do about it. And worse, I was unable to “imagine” the complexity of my own watershed and the changes affecting it. I thought: I need pictures, images to explain the science facts I “know”. Only then will I stop imagining I am not involved.

So in 2010, I began painting local endangered species. I collected information and species lists. I studied photographs, the only way to see most of the species. I walked trails I’d known for fifty years, slowly understanding—and mourning—the changes.

I don’t know where this study will lead me. What has surprised me is the effect of wild places and species on the way I think. There is a meshing of intuition, science, and a childlike innocence and wonder. I am stunned at life’s complexity and fragility. Maybe that’s what it takes. To accept being stunned, and to keep thinking—seriously, responsibly—from inside the whorl.

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