Intimidated by the empty white canvas, artist Trice Tolle starts each expressionistic landscape by painting the surface red - a red
red. The intense hue is less daunting, she says, and provides a middle tone against which she can play light and dark colors. "I love the effect when I start layering colors and this incredible vibrancy happens," she says. "I always leave some of the red to show through at the end. It adds a certain tension to the work." An award-winning artist and teacher who works out of a studio in her Van Nuys home, Tolle draws inspiration from her travels through California and the Southwest. "The painting, like the places where I've traveled, becomes an adventure, never knowing where I might end up." A Southern California native, Tolle attended California State University, Northridge, and the Otis Institute of Art. Her landscapes have been exhibited at a variety of local galleries and also can be viewed at www.tricetolle.com.