Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 7, 2014

Modern art imagined

New to painting, David Trimble makes bold impression

ASHLAND — Acrylic painter David Trimble just sort of plunged into the art world.

It started when he decided he wanted to paint the interior of his apartment.

“It was late October and I was just sitting there and decided I was sick of it,” Trimble, a 1998 Boyd County High School graduate, recalled. “It was all one color, every room the same color. There wasn’t any art on the walls. Nothing.”

He said he began researching decorating, although he had an idea he wanted a modern look.

“I guess I caught the bug,” he said, adding he and a buddy painted every day until it was done and, for him, the time flew by.

The paint job in his apartment isn’t a simple choice of a couple of colors.

The living room is two shades of gray and the hall is a dark red and purple with a flip stripe. He made use of yellow and brown in the kitchen and shades of blue in the bedroom.

He enjoyed painting the walls so much he decided to start painting canvas.

In January, he purchased canvases, paint and knives and started making his own creations. He has completed 20 or 25 paintings since the first of the year.

He also uses painter’s tape and other tools in his paintings to create lines and shapes of color.

“I like straight lines,” he said. His paintings are modern and abstract, making use of a variety of shapes and colors, but he admits he likes using blues, reds, purples and pinks the most.

A former assistant golf pro at Spring Valley Country Club, Trimble said he was always interested in sports and outdoor activities, so when his interest in decorating and art sprang up, he said his friends were shocked.

“They said, ‘Do we need to call an ambulance?’” he said.

“Now, I’m addicted to it,” he said, adding he will be working in his Pendleton Art Center studio tonight if he feels inspired and hopes visitors will stop and watch him work.

“When I’m painting, I’m so focused and time goes by fast,” he said. “That’s just so unlike me.”

He said he has no idea how he gets his ideas, except to say they occur to him. He said he doesn’t go searching for them.

“If it is inspired by something, I haven’t figured it out yet,” he said.

While Trimble hopes to sell paintings at his studio in the Pendleton, he said he also would be happy to be hired to decorate homes.

“I’d like it if somebody would give me a budget and turn me loose,” he said.

He also hopes to learn oil painting and incorporate some of those techniques into his style.

Also during First Friday at the Pendleton, music will be provided by Sasha Hart and Andy’s Sweet & Savory Café will be open.

Also during the First Friday Art Walk in Ashland:

‰The art of Harley Fannin is on display at The Frame-Up Gallery and Café Zeal at 1436 Winchester Ave.

‰The Upstairs Gallery will be open at 1428 Winchester Ave., along with The Thoroughbred Gallery at 1430 Winchester Ave.

‰Performing at The Lamp Post Café will be Eddie Riffe, Tim Preston and Shirley Seim. Open-mic poetry will be from 7 to 8 p.m. The café is at the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street in Ashland.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com.

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