Site icon Patti Trimble


Patti Trimble has worked as a NPS Naturalist; exhibiting painter, science writer for Macmillan McGraw-Hill et al; freelance arts writer; and performance poet. She studied science at UC Berkeley, earned an MFA in painting from Hunter Graduate Program, and most of her art education was as studio assistant for ten years as a young artist for (much-older) first-generation NY abstract expressionists. Awards for her work include finalist for a painting award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters, a Djerassi Foundation Residency, grants from Lannan Foundation and Poets&Writers, and a Pushcart nomination. 

Patti was an abstract painter in the 1980s, exhibiting in New York. In the mid-90s, needing distance from her famous mentors’ ideologies, she returned to California and began exploring the poetic image in words. In lyric poetry she found a new freedom, and a unique voice, in speaking them in performance. Her poetry often expressed environmental concerns; she co-created the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite; she has performed spoken-word with music in the USA and Europe; and her poems, texts, and images have been published in anthologies and journals, theater performances, CDs, and podcast. 

Trusting this lifelong intuitive practice of allowing and inviting image that mean, Patti now paints in her studios in California and Italy, and is (slowly) writing a memoir of her abstract-expressionist mentors. 

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