I like to watch. To observe and create stories around what I see. Thirty six years in advertising trained me to be aware of what people did and try to find out why they did it. That allowed me to imagine and craft concepts that would move them. I’ve never been able to tell jokes. But I observe and log things away so I can make fun of people and situations. When I see an interesting character I take note of how they hold themselves, their demeanor, their energy and attitude. And then I make up a story of what brought them to that point. That story is the background that lies somewhere under the paint, behind their eyes and in their hearts.
Until he retired eight years ago Roy Trimble was an award winning advertising creative director. While he took painting classes at Auburn University where he graduated in Visual Design he never had the time to apply that side of his art. Now, with the urging of his wife, the artist Karlenne Hager Trimble he has pulled his brushes and paints back out. He now applies his observational skills gained from all his years in advertising to bring his real and imagined stories to life. Roy is also exploring his thirteen year old self and takes electric guitar lessons. He, Karlenne and their cats live in Atlanta.
THE LAPIN SERIES
You can see the years on older people. What they’ve lived. What they’ve seen. It’s in how they hold themselves. How they talk and interact. How they occupy their space. What they pay attention to. And what they don’t. Sitting in a restaurant that’s treated as a lunchroom for a community where a lot of older people live is a great place to watch. To absorb. To, for just a moment, try to decipher what’s going on in the lives of people. Does she want to stay or go? Is that a present for her companion or was it given to her? Is that her first or her third glass of wine? Did he start with politics, obituaries or sports? What’s important to them? All connected by their hats surrounded by a rabbit motif.