Trish Harding

Separated From Normal, a painted novel of coming of age on Lummi Island-now showing at WECU in Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA thru Sept 2018

Artist Statement

Separated From Normal, a painted novel of coming of age on Lummi Island

In the decade of the 60’s we were the feral teenagers of a San Juan Island known as Lummi, a 12 minute ferry crossing from the mainland which is 20 minutes west of Bellingham, WA

My best friend, Paddy was the daughter of an Episcopalian priest and a stay-at-home mom who was originally from Australia. They were stern, polite, and a little weird. I met Paddy one night when she came climbing through my second story bedroom window. She said she had run away from home because her dad was being impossible again. “Oh, hi, nice to meet you, I’m Patti too.”
My dad was an Irish Catholic from Boston. He worked as an accountant. Annamae was my kooky mom who worked for many years at the little grocery store at Gooseberry Point in the heart of the Lummi Nation Reservation where everybody loved her. They were seldom home as their social life was very important to them and it kept them busy and gone most of the time. Paddy could always run away from home. I didn’t have to. We were free to do anything we wanted to do, go anywhere we wanted to go and get there any way we could get there. We were curious, risky, and wild.
Our years spent on Lummi Island were filled with angst, reef net fishermen, boys, driving cars, rock & roll, and home-made raspberry wine to name a few. I can still touch that time that would shape our personalities, build our character, and solidify a friendship... a friendship that would last through college at Western, crazy days at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, first loves, true loves, family, and careers.
Normal did not live on Lummi Island. You had to go to town to find normal. The island was different. Everybody who lived there was unique, strange, or an outcast. Take your pick!
Every day on Lummi Island I woke up feeling like a protagonist in a novel and wondering what will happen to my character today!
Separated From Normal has been in my head for many years and the body of work will no doubt continue to grow as there is so many chapters left to paint.

Trish has is 2017 Poster artist for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2017

​This poster has won the Gold Pinnacle Award 

Best Commemorative Poster from The International Fesivals & Events Association


 Creative Arts Community at Menucha

Trish Harding aims to help broaden students’ understanding of drawing through a fresh experimental approach to the study of works on paper/charcoal & conte crayon. Students will be guided to take drawing to the next level from representation to expressive communication concepts based on perception.

Using the figure, landscape, & still life we will consider the following:    

Emphasis will be on critical thinking, critiques will be often, and finally each artist will be encouraged in self analysis and defense of his/her works on paper.

I have put together a specific description of what we will do for each day in this class.

1. DESIGN EXERCISES: tracing paper will be utilized in our design exercises including Repeat, Multiples, Arrangement, & Layering Techniques then used in our final drawing for the day.

2. SIMPLIFICATION PROCESSES: Learn the many ways to create strong shapes by simplifying complex ones. Simplify your composition also to create a stronger message in your drawings then use these processes in your final drawing for the day.

3. EXTREME MARK-MAKING: Learn ways to charge your drawings, create strong feelings & make a stand with radical mark-making through exercises then use these in your final drawing for the day.

MONDAY: Still Life created from “our favorite thing”. Monday’s information and experience used in your still life that will thrill unlike any other!

TUESDAY: Using collage & Landscape as exercises you will find the opportunity to an exciting drawing that you would have never imagined. This will be a daring day!

WEDNESDAY: Our model sits for inspiring & challenging exercises in the morning. Afternoon will be dedicated to putting the morning’s observations into figure & portrait genres that will drop jaws.

THURSDAY: Grids! You probably have never used grids like these before. It will take your drawings to surprising results, including distortion that add an emotional component to otherwise mundane work. Jazz it up!

FRIDAY: Final Drawing. Week in review through final critique, analysis, & defense of your works on paper. You are worth it!

These techniques will not only pertain to works on paper but will also help change the trajectory of your paintings if you are a painter. I would love to help catapult your work in this week-long experimental journey at the Creative Arts Community at Menucha Adult Art Camp.

Register Now at, Extreme Experimental Drawing, Trish Harding, instructor, August 5-11, 2018.


Students need to bring: 
- 1  favorite item that you own (can be anything!) to add to our communal still life    
- 1 rough newsprint pad, 24x18”
- 1 pad Strathmore Drawing Paper, 24x18    
- 1 pad tracing paper 24x18
- 2 sheets Rives BFK Heavyweight Printmaking Paper    
- 2 sheets Stonehenge Printmaking Paper
- 2 sheets Mi Tientes Paper BLACK    
- 1 stick Big Bob’s Charcoal    
- 1 package medium size vine charcoals    
- 1 stick soft compressed Pitt Charcoal (Faber/Castell)    
- 1 matchbox set of 4 Sketching Colors Conte Crayon (Dick Blick)    
- 1 kneaded eraser    
​- 1 drawing board to accommodate 24x18 drawing paper