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to custom designs on glittering new builds, the 78-year-old isn’t afraid of a challenge. “There’s some amazing ar-


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chitecture in and around Dallas, particularly in the M Streets and in Kessler Park, which features some stunning stained glass,” Trimble says. “It’s always inter- esting to work on these types of projects because some of the best work was completed centuries ago.” Trimble’s Northwest Dallas studio is quite the upgrade from his former Tyler digs. The expansive space is home to his collection of coveted tools, everything from 100-year-old beveling equipment to cus- tom-designed devices that allow him to tackle any stained- glass calamity with confidence. Trimble’s upcoming projects will have him hopping across the state. From the pending cre- ation of new work for a Catholic church in Laredo, Texas, to the installation of three impressive stained-glass domes in Dallas’ Hare Krishna Temple, Trimble shows no signs of slowing down.


Trimble turned his hobby into a career and slowly, but surely, gained notoriety as an artist. In the early 1980s the commissions started pouring in.


“Everything I was doing when I started to gain success was very intuitive,” Trimble says. “I couldn’t tell you why some things worked and others didn’t. I just knew that I finally found what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”


As a majority of his commis- sions were coming from Dallas, Trimble moved west, eventually enrolling at the University of


North Texas (UNT) where he would go on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree. Trimble credits this education for trans- forming his craft.


“Being at UNT allowed me to pursue design independently of a client,” Trimble says. “My master’s degree was in sculpture and, in some ways, I was able to incorporate sculptural elements into my work.” Touring Trimble’s work will take you to some of Dallas’ most notable properties. From the Park City Club (Trimble’s first major Dallas commission)


to spaces like the Old Parkland Hospital and The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Trimble’s work is interwoven into the fabric of the city. Outside of Texas, his work includes a historic re-creation for a courthouse in Edgewater, New Jersey; consulting for a Catholic church in Ocala, Florida; work for Trammell Crow interests in Atlanta; and other projects across the Northeast. Alongside Trimble’s exten- sive commercial portfolio is his equally impressive work in residential spaces. From resto- rations on century-old homes


“In art history you learn that a number of amazing artists didn’t reach their creative peak until they were in their 70s or 80s, and I like to think that I’m still reaching my peak,” Trimble says. “Two hundred years from now, I’ll have a legacy in this city that my grandkids’ kids can look at and know that the work is mine. How great is that?” 2


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