Maggie Trout


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Maggie Trout
About the author

I have lived throughout the United States, and am grateful that my life led to these peregrinations because to think of the United States, based soley on where you are from, is a mistake. Every place and every person is unique to that place. It's important to see not only outside your own backyard, but to know the world outside it. You could say I'm an intentional/intuitive artist. I paint, plein air, in acrylics and watercolors, pen and ink, pencil, and other materials on small cards, approximately 3 1/2" x 2 1/2", do the work downtown on the sidewalk, usually during art walk nights, and give my work away for free. Why free? The work is free for three reasons: There are many galleries where I live, yet one never sees anyone doing the work. I facilitate making the connection between what people see on the walls in the galleries and museums and the artists creating these works. Secondly, I hope to encourage people to honor and exercise their own creativity, whether it involves some aspect of the arts, or rebuilding an engine; Third, I believe it is vitally important that we remember that much in life that gives meaning and beauty, and has "soul" has no price tag. In return I know that the experience of Free Art and my small works go all around the world, as there are many international travellers here. That's rather fun, isn't it. I have no website, nor is my work in any gallery, nor do I belong to any artists' groups. This registry is the only place on the Internet where anything about me or Free Art appears. I don't keep copies of the work, as I paint, and they're gone, but I did take a photo of some the other week and that's what you see here. I began painting when I was 53 years old because it was past time to abandon useless rules and regulations governing the visual arts, (and many other areas), "can't draw a straight line," never had lessons, didn't know the jargon, etc., etc. I was not expecting that doing Free Art would be a "practice," nor that people encountering me and Free Art would often find the experience to be as profound in its effect. It's not easy to do it, but somebody has to...