current series began after seeing some free-range chickens enjoying
themselves in the garden of a downtown home. No fences and free
tomatoes. These chickens had more freedom than today's children.
What was it like to be a girl when time was clocked by jump rope
chants--and coming home before the street lights came on? When
distance was measured by how many miles you could pump your bike--before
the street lights came on?
My paintings are populated by free-range children in a world
where color is arbitrary, gravity is suspended, and my thought
processes are free-ranging.
I've created them for you--adult children.
Tregay's freedom in art comes from experience. After years of
realistic painting in watercolor, she spent another year writing
a book on her expertise, then put the medium and her realism
aside in order to charge into her imagination. Freedom also came
in the form of a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to
build a ventilation system for her studio, allowing her to choose
whatever medium the painting is "calling" for.
Freedom comes from knowledge. Her painting career began in Buffalo,
New York, where abstract painting ruled and content was its secret
ingredient. In Illinois years later, she spent weekends roaming
Chicago's contemporary art galleries and the Art Institute of
Chicago where she absorbed the new innovations that were emerging
in painting. These lessons are the foundation for her newest
work.Then moving to Hendersonville, NC, Tregay realized her affinity
for folk art and the self-assured creativity that these artists
possess. Her creativity, imagination and expertise has found
Tregay is a nationally recognized artist, participating in international
exhibitions, and recently winning two awards from the American
Watercolor Society. She has also recently won awards from the
Society of Acrylic Painters, Watercolor USA and the Miami Watercolor
Society. Her acrylics were exhibited in solo museum shows at
the Hickory Art Museum, NC, 2012, and the Turchin Center for
the Arts, Boone, NC, 2013-14, The Academy for the Arts in Lynchburg,
VA. She is represented by Tyler White O'Brien Gallery, Greensboro,
NC, the Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard, NC, Art Mob in Hendersonville,
NC, and Art Dialogue, Buffalo, NY. 38 Corporations have her paintings
in their collections.
She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society,
the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor
Society of America, and the Honor Society of Watercolor USA in
Springfield MO. She teaches workshops around the country. Tregay
is the author many articles and the book and DVD, Master
Disaster: Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolors [North
Light Publishers, 2007]. Her Free-Range Children series is featured
at this web site. You can also check out her painting archives