Necessity is the mother of invention. I grew up on a farm in rural NC, learning how to create useful simple creative items every day. If I needed paint we found poke berries, If we needed clay, we dug it out of the creek banks with our hands. I stayed outside all day, taking care of chores and playing. My experiences as a farm hand helped mold me into the artist I am today.
What moves me to paint is the ability to find and loose shapes and color all in the same moment. The freedom experienced in this moment is what I aim to capture and share with all those who view my work; it’s the ultimate form of connection. There are so many times we miss seeing the raw beauty in everyday things. My work is a reflection of those moments and the emotions that generally go untapped as a way to remind us all of life’s simple truths.
Trudi Norris is a Southern artist living in Charlotte, NC. She draws inspiration from the earth and sea and all things in between– frequently spending time between Savannah, GA and the beaches of Florida. She studied design at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.