I have a deep ingrained love of nature that I attribute to growing up in the forests of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m enchanted by the woods and the Earth’s wild places and all things nature oriented. I love creatures, domestic and wild, big and small. I share my life with many animals and help as many wild ones as I can through volunteering at a raptor and wildlife rehabilitation center. It is my hope to share my experiences through my artwork. I started taking oil painting lessons when I was 11 years old, and art and the creative process bloomed into a passion of mine. I continued to take oil painting lessons through my teenage years, took art classes in high school, and graduated from NMU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design. My primary medium is Alkyd oils, a fast drying oil paint. However, I love trying new things and experimenting. Quite often my experiments with trying new mediums turned out rather well, and I’ve developed a wide range of mediums that I’m excited about and skilled at using. I’m self-taught in my scratchboard and encaustic art, two widely different mediums. I find the looser more free flowing characteristics of encaustic art allows me to take a break from my highly detailed and meticulous scratchboard art and realistic paintings while still allowing me to create. While nature and animals are my main sources of inspiration, I am continually inspired by all that I see. Color inspires me as well as light, shapes, form and texture. Often times I feel like I’m overwhelmed by the amount of inspiration and stimulation that I see on a daily basis and the amount of ideas that form in my mind for paintings and projects. I hope to see all, or as many of these ideas as I can, through to completion. I wish, through my use and skill of my chosen medium, I can create art that is pleasing to the eyes, uplifts the emotions, and stirs the soul.
Tracy's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tracy's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Tracy's Past Work
These are images of past work that Tracy has done.