Trisha St.Clair was born in Sacramento, California and works mostly in the medium of painting using watercolors or acrylics. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a minor in English Literature. Artists she has studied under include Ken Waterstreet, Penny McElroy and John Brownfield. She has exhibited her work at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, where she took 3rd place in the Annual Membership Show of 2006. She has also exhibited her work at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church as well as Carmichael Presbyterian Church, where she had a solo show in 2007. Using bold colors and highly stylized images, St.Clair typically paints playful scenes that evoke stories. She illustrates and writes full-time in northern California, where she lives with her lucky black cat Flo. She is currently a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Artist Statement

Like most children, I drew a lot. Unlike most children, I never stopped drawing as I grew older. What attracts me most to art is the opportunity to tell stories without using words. I love the idea of ten people viewing the same painting and each person seeing a different story. The story I most want to express is that of laughter. I hope people laugh or at least smile when they look at my work. Ideas come to me through funny incidences that happen to me or that I hear about, as well as from reading ridiculous amounts of books and listening to all different kinds of music.