Naïve and Sentimental Painting
The name for this group of paintings is a reference to an essay by the German playwright, poet, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller: On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry (1795). Schiller identified two fundamental creative impulses: the spontaneous and unfiltered naïve, and the self-conscious and reflective sentimental. (In his terms “sentiment" was akin to “realist” and was associated with the loss of the naïve.) To approach the subject matter of birds, flowers, butterflies, snails, etc., from the naïve standpoint and be oblivious of their mawkish associations is impossible. These paintings, then, combine my personal, unfiltered relationship to the natural world with counter impulses towards analytical reserve.
 

Naïve and Sentimental Painting
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Flowers are a Beautiful Mathematics; Fibonacci Echinacea with Monarch Butterflies
2023
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
36 x 36 inches

The title for this painting is derived from the Spanish proto-modernist poet Salvador Rueda (1857-1933) whose inspiration was the universality of patterns and structures in nature. At the center of each large flower is a geometric rendering of a Fibonacci mathematic spiral. This complex pattern occurs naturally in Echinacea purpurea, or coneflowers. The coneflowers are paired with butterflies whose intricate markings echo the geometric complexities of the Fibonacci pattern, the radial pattern amplified by a secondary ring of smaller airborne forms.
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting
Flowers are a Beautiful Mathematics; Fibonacci Echinacea (detail)

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Flowers are a Beautiful Mathematics; Fibonacci Echinacea with Peacock Butterflies
2023
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
36 x 36 inches

The title for this painting is derived from the Spanish proto-modernist poet Salvador Rueda (1857-1933) whose inspiration was the universality of patterns and structures in nature. At the center of each large flower is a geometric rendering of a Fibonacci mathematic spiral. This complex pattern occurs naturally in Echinacea purpurea, or coneflowers. The coneflowers are paired with butterflies whose intricate markings echo the geometric complexities of the Fibonacci pattern, the radial pattern amplified by a secondary ring of smaller airborne forms.
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting
Flowers are a Beautiful Mathematics; Fibonacci Echinacea (detail)

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Estuary Ghosts; Blue Heron with Data Chart
2022
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
20 x 20 inches

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Estuary Ghosts; Mute Swan with Data Chart
2022
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
20 x 20 inches

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on mylar
Perch
2022
Acrylic on mylar
14 x 14 inches
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Anthroglobe I
2023
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
20 x 20 inches

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Anthroglobe II
2023
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
20 x 20 inches
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Anthroglobe III
2023
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
20 x 20 inches

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Hand with Flower
2022
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
12 x 16 inches
Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Red Right Hand
2022
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
11 x 14 inches

Tricia Wright Naïve and Sentimental Painting Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
Maladroit
2022
Acrylic on linen mounted on cradled wood panel
14 x 14 inches