15. Alix Travis

Bragg Hollow Studio
Phone:  607 326-7073
E-mail:  travisalix@yahoo.com
Web: alixhtravis.com

Alix Travis is an award-winning artist who enjoys moving from one medium to another according to the season and its temperature.  Whatever the weather, the colors on her palate are the same: saturated, bold; it is the medium that requires a different approach.

The choice of medium influences the size and type of the surface. Oils, for Travis, are large.  The tools required fill her hand.  She can be more deliberate because it is possible to remove and reapply paint, to reconsider decisions.  Pastel is delicate — too much movement and it will leave the surface of the paper like snow drifting down. She applies it to full sheets of paper, sometimes pieced together if her vision outgrows the first sheet.  Watercolor is light, easily transported and best of all, lends itself to rapid application.  She uses it outside in the warmer weather, and to teach.

Recently she has been moved to combine mediums. “Painting” with block prints enhanced with watercolor, beads and threads have occupied her for most of the winter.

For Alix Hallman Travis, the painting life begins and ends with watercolor. Her summers are spent painting with watercolor en plein air, i.e. outside in the sun, shade, cool and even, sometimes, rain.  Those summer paintings are often the source of inspiration for her oils and acrylics created just across the driveway from her home in her historic former 1884 blacksmith shop/studio.

Travis’ watercolors that fail to satisfy her exacting standards are useful also—she tears and rips them into shapes and collages, piecing the torn papers together to create an entirely new fanciful painting.

Travis will be working on such a repurposed watercolor paper collage during the AMR Open Studio 2017 tour.  Please visit her Bragg Hollow Studio and contribute a shape you have torn to the collage she has prepared for the event.

Travis has exhibited her watercolors locally and nationally, earning her awards and signature.  Most recently her painting “An October Day in the Catskills” was chosen as the artwork cover for the “Arts & Culture in the Central Catskills, Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway Audio Guide.” In 2007 she founded and continues to coordinate the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters, a loose association of professionals and amateurs who express their appreciation of the Catskill landscape by painting outside together all summer long.

Travis teaches in small workshops in her studio and around her neighborhood, often remarking that she needs to do little more than step outside the studio door to find intriguing village life and subject matter to observe and paint.

Many of her recent paintings may be viewed on her website:  AlixHTravis.com and she writes a blog at alixhtravis.wordpress.com. A recent video of Travis’ en plein air painting can be viewed at https://youtu.be/c33CSPqmOdw.

Bragg Hollow Studio
103 Bragg Hollow Rd., Halcottsville

Driving Directions: From points West

At the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28, turn right on Route 30 and Route 28 to the second turn into Margaretville.  Route 30 will leave Route 28 by turning left onto a bridge and a shopping area in the middle of town. The intersection is well marked.  Proceed one block and follow Route 30 to the right and out of town. Halcottsville is five miles out of Margaretville.   Follow Route 30 through Kelly Corners, past the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market and the Alta Log Houses (all on your right).  At the top of the hill is a sign for Halcottsville.  You must turn left at the top of the hill and traffic goes fast, so don’t hesitate crossing the left lane.

Follow Main Street/Halcottsville Road through town to the little white church with a steeple on your right. Turn left and go over the bridge, over the railroad tracks and the studio is the first building on your left. You will see a Bragg Hollow Studio sign.  Park in the spaces in front of the studio.

Driving Directions:  From points East

Follow Route 28 into Arkville.  Watch for County Road 38 on your right, just before you cross the railroad tracks. Take Route 38 and follow until it dead-ends at Route 30.  Turn right on Route 30 for about five miles through Kelly Corners, past the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market and the Alta Log Houses, all on your right.  At the top of the hill is a sign for Halcottsville.  You must turn left at the top of the hill and traffic goes fast, so don’t hesitate crossing the left lane.

Follow Main Street/Halcottsville Road through town to the little white church with a steeple on your right. Turn left and go over the bridge, over the railroad tracks and the studio is the first building on your left. You will see a Bragg Hollow Studio sign.  Park in the spaces in front of the studio.