If rich color and bold strokes created with a palette knife and “an extreme amount of paint” are what her oils are about, her approach to other mediums yields equally intriguing results. Over the last several years she has alternated between oils, recycled metal assemblage, vibrant acrylic drip paintings, and an entire world of fanciful, whimsical children's characters - “The Land of the Buzzlewics” and the“Zoppyzeeps."


Tricia, past director of the Rose Gallery of Fine Arts in Joplin, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. She finds that the same abilities that  sustained her through 27 years as a newspaper graphic artist — working rapidly, thinking quickly, designing on a moment’s notice — continue to fuel her creative style. As she says, “inspiration comes from everything that surrounds me, and those years gave me the edge to take chances, to be spontaneous.”


• McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, Mo. 1975
• Missouri State University,  Springfield, Mo. 1979 (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting)
• Central State University, Edmond, Okla. 1980 (Post graduate work, Graphics)


Work History
• Retail Advertising and Editorial Graphic Artist, The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Mo. 1981-2009
• Webmaster/photography

The Ozark Artists Colony, The Joplin Globe, 1998-2009
Arts of the Four States ,The Joplin Globe, 2003-2009
Spiva Center for the Arts 2004-2009
• Director, Rose Gallery of Fine Art, Joplin, Mo. 2010-2012


 Freelance Clients
• Scholastic
• Ceaco, Inc.
• Grossett & Dunlap
• American Home
• Creative Horizons
• F.R. Industries of California
• Jesali, Inc
• Landoll Publishing
• Silver Burdett & Ginn Publishing

Art-related teachings
• Fairview Elementary School, Carthage, Mo.
• Eugene Fields Elementary School, Webb City, Mo.
• Carl Junction Elementary School, Carl Junction Mo.
• Joplin Gifted Children, Joplin, Mo.
• St. Mary’s Catholic School, Joplin, Mo.
• McAuley Catholic School, Joplin, Mo.
• Thomas Jefferson School, Joplin, Mo.
• Joplin High School, Joplin, Mo.
• Writer’s Guild, Monett, Mo.
• St. Avips Perspectives, Joplin, Mo.
• Study Club,  Joplin, Mo.


Art Workshops at Spiva Center for the Arts
• “Mosaics with Tricia Courtney”
• “Spiva Special Weekend Workshop: Found Object Angels with Tricia Courtney
• “Bits & Pieces:  Mosaic Fun! with Tricia Courtney”


Charitable Work through Art
• Ronald McDonald House
• American Cancer Society
• YMCA, Tradition of the Trees
• Joplin Area Catholic Schools/St. Peter's Church
• artCentral
• St. Ann’s Elementary School, Carthage
• St. Ann’s Church, Carthage
• KOZJ, Public Television
• George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
• Friends of St. Avips (Spiva)
• Breast Cancer Association (Pink Ribbon Gala)
• Audubon Society
• Mwangaza International
• Heart Association
• Audubon Society
• Art Feeds

• Joplin Humane Society


Art Organizations
• George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
• artCentral, Joplin, Mo.

• Joplin Regional Artist Coalition

Community Involvement
• George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
• Beautify Joplin, Joplin Globe Team Captain
• Rejuvenate Joplin, Representative, Joplin Globe


• Midwest Gathering of the Artists, Joplin, Mo.
• The Hawthorn Gallery, Springfield, Mo.  (Women Artists of the Midwest)
• Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas ("Richly Pigmented")
• Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
• Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Joplin, Mo.
• artCentral, Carthage, Mo (Spring River Artists)
• Ronald McDonald House, Joplin, Mo.
• Friends of St. Avips Ball & Art Auction
• Brushstrokes, Joplin, Mo.
• Perspectives Gallery of Fine Art Public Art Sale (Friends of St. Avips)
• Neosho Arts Council, Neosho, M0