Adventure artist Pixie Glore’s work is about people, beauty and strength.
In West Africa, Glore picked up on the inner strength of the tribeswomen she met. Her painting, “Waiting for Power,” depicts women whose lives are unimaginable to "Westerners". Their life expectancy is only 35 years due to the long hours spent mostly raising children and toiling in the fields. Even so, they carry an inner strength and beauty most of us would envy.
Glore feels a kinship with many of the women whose paths she has crossed while globe trekking. While women are often the subjects of her work, men are also depicted in many of her watercolors, such as “Shark Caller,” in which a Papua New Guinea villager, conch shell to his lips, calls shark hunters back to shore.
Motivated in part because traditional ways of life in many corners of the world are quickly slipping away, Glore educates herself through travel and reading then picks up her brush to visually capture the culture on paper. The evocative images are alive with color and energy. Her painting, “Women Warriors,” inspired by the annual Sing in Papua New Guinea, received a top award in the Colorado Watercolor Society show.
Her studio is filled with photographs and paintings of numerous trips she and her daughter Dawn, and son Foster, have made to Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, China and other distant shores.
Colorado is home but they now live part of the year along Spain’s southern coast, in Andalucia, where Glore spends her days painting its sleepy, whitewashed towns and villages, always digging for something beyond what meets the eye.
Her paints and sketch pads are always packed for adventure travel to out-of-the way locations. She has sketched in a narrow, two-person dugout canoe while paddling out to sea four miles with local villagers to hunt sharks. Glore also sailed on a 60-foot boat to an area where headhunting thankfully is no longer practiced. She was among the first outsiders to ever walk into some of the region’s isolated villages.
Pixie hangs many of her landscape and natural subject matter impressionist works here at Mystic Trinity, adding a local flavor to our walls.